8.012 Physics I: Classical Mechanics

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.)

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.

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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Adam Burgasser

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
2 sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Recitations:
2 sessions / week
1 hour / session

Level

Undergraduate

*Translations

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