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**Scalars, vectors, and units:** vector algebra, vectors in cylindrical coordinates

**Kinematics:** displacement, velocity, acceleration, projectile motion

**Newtonian mechanics:** Forces, free body diagrams, gravity, friction, tension, springs; finding and solving equations of motion; harmonic motion

**Momentum:** conservation of momentum, center-of-mass, impulse

**Frames of reference:** “fictitious” forces, inertial reference frames

**Work and energy:** potential energy, kinetic energy, conservative forces, potential energy diagrams

**Return of the harmonic oscillator:** driven and damped harmonic oscillators

**Rotational dynamics:** angular momentum, torque, moments of inertia, gyroscopes

**Orbits:** central force problems; elliptical vs parabolic vs hyperbolic orbits

**Special relativity:** breakdown of Newtonian mechanics; reference frames, Lorentz vs. Galilean transformations; time dilation, length contraction, Doppler effect; relativistic momentum and energy

**Organization**

Lectures M W F, 9:00 - 9:50 AM

Problem session (optional)

Laboratory exercises (self scheduled, 6 sessions)

Midterm exam 1 (20% each)

Midterm exam 2 (20% each)

Homework (25%)

Final exam (25%)

Laboratory (10%)

Text: *An Introduction to Mechanics, 2nd Ed.* by D. Kleppner and R. Kolenkow

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*All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.*