Prof. Deepto Chakrabarty
Dr. Peter Dourmashkin
Dr. Michelle Tomasik
Prof. Anna Frebel
Prof. Vladan Vuletic
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This first course in the physics curriculum introduces classical mechanics. Historically, a set of core concepts—space, time, mass, force, momentum, torque, and angular momentum—were introduced in classical mechanics in order to solve the most famous physics problem, the motion of the planets.
The principles of mechanics successfully described many other phenomena encountered in the world. Conservation laws involving energy, momentum and angular momentum provided a second parallel approach to solving many of the same problems. In this course, we will investigate both approaches: Force and conservation laws.
Our goal is to develop a conceptual understanding of the core concepts, a familiarity with the experimental verification of our theoretical laws, and an ability to apply the theoretical framework to describe and predict the motions of bodies.
Other OCW Versions
OCW has published multiple versions of this subject.
- 8.01L Physics I: Classical Mechanics (Fall 2005)
- 8.01X Physics I: Classical Mechanics with an Experimental Focus (Fall 2002)