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An introduction to physics in the context of everyday objects.
- Week 1 - Course Introduction
- Week 2 - Skating
Professor Bloomfield examines the principle of inertia through skate boarding. Objects at rest tend to remain at rest while objects in motion, tend to remain in motion. Why does a stationary skater remain stationary? Why does a moving skater tend to continue...
- Week 3 - Falling Balls
Professor Bloomfield examines the physics concepts of gravity, weight, constant acceleration, and projectile motion working with falling balls.
- Week 4 - Ramps
Professor Bloomfield examines the physics concepts of Newton's third law including conserved quantities, support forces, work, energy, and mechanical advantage working with ramps.
- Week 5 - Seesaws
Professor Bloomfield illustrates the physics concepts of rotational versus translational motion, Newton's law of rotation, and 5 physical quantities: angular position, angular velocity, angular acceleration, torque, and rotational mass using seesaws.
- Week 6 - Wheels
Professor Bloomfield illustrates the physics concept of frictional forces through experiments with wheels.
- Week 7 - Bumper Cars
Professor Bloomfield examines the physics concepts of momentum, impulse, angular momentum, angular impulse, and the relationship between potential energy and force using bumper cars.
- Week 8 - Final
This is the final exam.
Louis A. Bloomfield
Professor of Physics
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