LEC # | TOPICS | KEY DATES |
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1 | Powers of Ten - Units - Dimensions - Measurements - Uncertainties - Dimensional Analysis - Scaling Arguments | |

2 | 1D Kinematics - Speed - Velocity - Acceleration | |

3 | Vectors - Dot Products - Cross Products - 3D Kinematics | |

4 | 3D Kinematics - Free Falling Reference Frames | Assignment 1 due |

5 | Circular Motion - Centrifuges Moving - Reference Frames - Perceived Gravity | |

6 | Newton's Laws | |

7 | Weight - Perceived Gravity - Weightlessness Free Fall - Zero Gravity in Orbit (Misnomer) | |

8 | Friction | Assignment 2 due |

9 | Exam Review | |

Exam 1 | ||

10 | Hooke's Law - Springs - Simple Harmonic Motion - Pendulum - Small Angle Approximation | |

11 | Work - Kinetic Energy - Potential Energy - Conservative Forces - Conservation of Mechanical Energy - Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation | |

12 | Non-Conservative Forces - Resistive Forces - Air Drag - Terminal Velocity | Assignment 3 due |

13 | Potential Energy - Energy Considerations to Derive Simple Harmonic Motion | |

14 | Escape Velocities - Bound and Unbound Orbits - Circular Orbits - Various Forms of Energy - Power | |

15 | Momentum - Conservation of Momentum - Center of Mass | Assignment 4 due |

16 | Collisions - Elastic and Inelastic - Center of Mass Frame of Reference | |

17 | Impulse - Rockets | |

18 | Exam Review | Assignment 5 due |

Exam 2 | ||

19 | Rotating Rigid Bodies - Moment of Inertia - Parallel Axis and Perpendicular Axis Theorem - Rotational Kinetic Energy - Fly Wheels - Neutron Stars - Pulsars | |

20 | Angular Momentum - Torques - Conservation of Angular Momentum - Spinning Neutron Stars - Stellar Collapse | |

21 | Torques - Oscillating Bodies - Hoops | Assignment 6 due |

22 | Kepler's Laws - Elliptical Orbits - Satellites - Change of Orbits - Ham Sandwich | |

23 | Doppler Effect - Binary Stars - Neutron Stars and Black Holes | |

24 | Rolling Motion - Gyroscopes - Very Non-intuitive | Assignment 7 due |

25 | Static Equilibrium - Stability - Rope Walker | |

26 | Elasticity - Young's Modulus | |

27 | Fluid Mechanics - Pascal's Principle - Hydrostatics - Atmospheric Pressure - Over Pressure in Lungs and Tires | |

28 | Hydrostatics - Archimedes' Principle - Fluid Dynamics - What Makes Your Boat Float? - Bernoulli's Equation | Assignment 8 due |

29 | Exam Review | |

Exam 3 | ||

30 | Simple Harmonic Oscillations - Energy Considerations - Torsional Pendulum | |

31 | Forced Oscillations - Normal Modes - Resonance - Natural Frequencies - Musical Instruments | |

32 | Heat - Thermal Expansion | Assignment 9 due |

33 | Kinetic Gas Theory - Ideal Gas Law - Isothermal Atmosphere - Phase Diagrams - Phase Transitions | |

34 | The Wonderful Quantum World - Breakdown of Classical Mechanics | |

35 | Farewell Special - High-energy Astrophysics | |

Final Exam |