Classical Mechanics Classical Mechanics

Classical mechanics is the search for rules that make relatively big things go around.

Explorations

Take a guided, problem-solving based approach to learning Classical Mechanics. These compilations provide unique perspectives and applications you won't find anywhere else.

Physics of the Everyday

Thinking like a physicist can seem mysterious, but often all it takes is breaking a problem into pieces and thinking clearly about each one. In this exploration, you’ll problem-solve in interesting, real-world contexts: from front-flipping a motorcycle to calculating how much food animals need to stay alive.

Classical Mechanics

The power of physical reasoning lies in its ability to explain a lot by knowing just a little. Here we'll establish the bedrock principles of physics and use them to investigate phenomena like drones, rockets, and the blinking of fireflies. By the end, you’ll develop a rigorous approach to describing nature and you'll be prepared to take on advanced topics such as quantum and statistical mechanics.

Gravitational Physics

Here we lay out Newton's law of gravity and crack open the universe of consequences that spring from it. On the journey we'll come to understand planetary phenomena likes tides and atmospheres, the rich geometry of heavenly bodies and their motion, and the engineering considerations of space travel.

The problems are a natural starting point to develop new physical ideas like angular momentum and elegant pieces of mathematics like Gauss' law. In several Python based programming projects, you'll code simulations to explore applied problems where the math falls short.

At various points, you'll derive pieces of general relativity, and catch a glimpse of the places where Newton's law starts to buckle.

Concept Practice

Sharpen your skills with these quizzes designed to check your understanding of the fundamentals.

Modern Physics
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