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Yale University

Fundamentals of Physics

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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.


1. Course Introduction and Newtonian Mechanics.
2. Vectors in Multiple Dimensions.
3. Newton's Laws of Motion.
4. Newton's Laws (cont.) and Inclined Planes.
5. Work-Energy Theorem and Law of Conservation of Energy.
6. Law of Conservation of Energy in Higher Dimensions.
7. Kepler's Laws.
8. Dynamics of Multiple-Body System and Law of.
9. Rotations, Part I: Dynamics of Rigid Bodies.
10. Rotations, Part II: Parallel Axis Theorem.
11. Torque.
12. Introduction to Relativity.
13. Lorentz Transformation.
14. Introduction to the Four-Vector.
15. Four-Vector in Relativity.
16. The Taylor Series and Other Mathematical Concepts.
17. Simple Harmonic Motion.
18. Simple Harmonic Motion (cont.) and Introduction to Waves.
19. Waves.
20. Fluid Dynamics and Statics and Bernoulli's Equation.
21. Thermodynamics.
22. The Boltzmann Constant and First Law of Thermodynamics.
23. The Second Law of Thermodynamics and Carnot's Engine.
24. The Second Law of Thermodynamics (cont.) and Entropy.

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