Fundamentals of Physics I

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This course provides a thorough introduction to the principles and methods of physics for students who have good preparation in physics and mathematics. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and quantitative reasoning. This course covers Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, gravitation, thermodynamics, and waves.

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Newtonian Mechanics
Multiple Dimensions
Newton's Laws of Motion
Kepler's Laws
Lorentz Transformation

Course programme

Lecture 1 Course Introduction and Newtonian Mechanics

Lecture 2 Vectors in Multiple Dimensions

Lecture 3 Newton's Laws of Motion

Lecture 4 Newton's Laws (cont.) and Inclined PlanesLecture 5Work-Energy Theorem and Law of Conservation of Energy

Lecture 6 Law of Conservation of Energy in Higher Dimensions

Lecture 7 Kepler's Laws

Lecture 8 Dynamics of a Multiple-Body System and Law of Conservation of Momentum

Lecture 9 Rotations, Part I: Dynamics of Rigid Bodies

Lecture 10 Rotations, Part II: Parallel Axis Theorem

Lecture 11 TorqueExam 1Midterm Exam

Lecture 12 Introduction to Relativity

Lecture 13 Lorentz Transformation

Lecture 14 Introduction to the Four-Vector

Lecture 15 Four-Vector in Relativity

Lecture 16 The Taylor Series and Other Mathematical Concepts

Lecture 17 Simple Harmonic Motion

Lecture 18 Simple Harmonic Motion (cont.) and Introduction to Waves

Lecture 19 Waves

Lecture 20 Fluid Dynamics and Statics and Bernoulli's Equation

Lecture 21 Thermodynamics

Lecture 22 The Boltzmann Constant and First Law of Thermodynamics

Lecture 23 The Second Law of Thermodynamics and Carnot's Engine

Lecture 24 The Second Law of Thermodynamics (cont.) and Entropy

Exam 2 Final Exam