How Stuff Moves, Part 2: Angular Motion
What Is “How Stuff Moves”?
Mechanics is the study of how things move. It was the first quantitative science to achieve wide power to predict behavior, including things never before directly observed. Newton, Leibniz, and others invented calculus to describe motion and we will find both differential and integral calculus extremely useful throughout this course.
This is the second in a 3-part series of courses that parallels the second-semester mechanics course taught at Harvey Mudd College. Part 2 expands on Part 1 by considering the rotation of objects, connecting new concepts of angular momentum and torque to the properties of linear motion. Part 1 examined linear motion, and Part 3 examines wave motion. This course is an invitation to develop your problem-solving skills and to learn how to apply mathematics to all sorts of problems of the physical world. Learning the rules that govern how stuff moves in the world around us is exciting; using those rules to predict _correctly _something that you haven’t observed means that you really understand something. It‘s a great feeling.
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Who should attend?
How Stuff Moves, Part 1
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Harvey Mudd College, a partner institute of EdX.
6 hours per week
- Verified Track -$50
- Audit Track - Free
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What you'll learn
- The basic physics of how objects move
- How to consider the rotation of objects
- Connections between new concepts of angular momentum and torque to the properties of linear motion
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