8.012 Physics I: Classical Mechanics

Fall 2005

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 Highlights

This course features a complete set of readings, assignments, and exams.

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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Prof. Deepto Chakrabarty

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session




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