MITx: 8.01x Classical Mechanics (through edX.org)

MOOCs, MOOCs, MOOCs… I love MOOCs or massive open online courses. At the moment I’ve been quite aware of Coursera‘s offer but edX.org is also awesome. What a surprise, a course in Classical Mechanics by the MIT and taught by Professor Walter Lewin has recently started, almost a couple of weeks ago. What a pity, I’m not sure if I will follow the whole course, as I’m already a late with “homework 1” and I won’t be graded if I try to do the exercises, but I think I’ll watch the videos and some readings as a refresher.

I had heard of Prof. Lewin’s original way of explaining Physics and his love for this subject, but this will be my first time in one of his classes. In a short video I’ve just seen he states that life won’t be the same, I’ll watch the world in a different way after following the course, so with a promise like this it is an “obligation” for me to follow the course.

Here is the link to the course: MITx: 8.01x Classical Mechanics

Course’s syllabus:

Lecture 1: Powers of Ten – Units – Dimensions – Measurements – Uncertainties – Dimensional Analysis – Scaling Arguments
Lecture 2: 1D Kinematics – Speed – Velocity – Acceleration
Lecture 3: Vectors – Dot Products – Cross Products – 3D Kinematics
Lecture 4: 3D Kinematics – Free Falling Reference Frames
Lecture 5: Circular Motion – Centrifuges Moving – Reference Frames – Perceived Gravity
Lecture 6: Newton’s Laws
Lecture 7: Weight – Perceived Gravity – Weightlessness Free Fall – Zero Gravity in Orbit (Misnomer)
Lecture 8: Friction
Lecture 9: Exam 1 review
Lecture 10: Hooke’s Law – Springs – Simple Harmonic Motion – Pendulum – Small Angle Approximation
Lecture 11: Work – Kinetic Energy – Potential Energy – Conservative Forces – Conservation of Mechanical Energy – Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation
Lecture 12: Non-Conservative Forces – Resistive Forces – Air Drag – Terminal Velocity
Lecture 13: Potential Energy – Energy Considerations to Derive Simple Harmonic Motion
Lecture 14: Escape Velocities – Bound and Unbound Orbits – Circular Orbits – Various Forms of Energy – Power
Lecture 15: Momentum – Conservation of Momentum – Center of Mass
Lecture 16: Collisions – Elastic and Inelastic – Center of Mass Frame of Reference
Lecture 17: Impulse – Rockets
Lecture 18: Exam 2 review
Lecture 19: Rotating Rigid Bodies – Moment of Inertia – Parallel Axis and Perpendicular Axis Theorem – Rotational Kinetic Energy – Fly Wheels – Neutron Stars – Pulsars
Lecture 20: Angular Momentum – Torques – Conservation of Angular Momentum – SpinningNeutron Stars – Stellar Collapse
Lecture 21: Torques – Oscillating Bodies – Hoops
Lecture 22: Kepler’s Laws – Elliptical Orbits – Satellites – Change of Orbits – Ham Sandwich
Lecture 23: Doppler Effect – Binary Stars – Neutron Stars and Black Holes
Lecture 24: Rolling Motion – Gyroscopes – Very Non-intuitive
Lecture 25: Static Equilibrium – Stability – RopeWalker
Lecture 26: Elasticity – Young’s Modulus
Lecture 27: Fluid Mechanics – Pascal’s Principle – Hydrostatics – Atmospheric Pressure – Over Pressure in Lungs and Tires
Lecture 28: Hydrostatics – Archimedes’ Principle – FluidDynamics – What Makes Your Boat Float? – Bernoulli’s Equation
Lecture 29: Exam 3 review
Lecture 30: Simple Harmonic Oscillations – Energy Considerations – Torsional Pendulum
Lecture 31: Forced Oscillations – Normal Modes – Resonance – Natural Frequencies -Musical Instruments
Lecture 32: Heat – Thermal Expansion
Lecture 33: Kinetic Gas Theory – Ideal Gas Law – Isothermal Atmosphere – Phase Diagrams – Phase Transitions
Lecture 34: The Wonderful Quantum World – Breakdown of Classical Mechanics
Lecture 35: Farewell Special – High-energy Astrophysics

 

 

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