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8.012 Physics I: Classical Mechanics

As taught in: Fall 2008

Force diagram of a physical pendulum.

Classical mechanics provides an elegant means of describing the motion of a seemingly unwieldy system, like this physical pendulum. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia.)




Prof. Adam Burgasser

Course Features

Course Description

This class is an introduction to classical mechanics for students who are comfortable with calculus. The main topics are: Vectors, Kinematics, Forces, Motion, Momentum, Energy, Angular Motion, Angular Momentum, Gravity, Planetary Motion, Moving Frames, and the Motion of Rigid Bodies.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.