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Assignment for Class 5, October 21, 2013

First we’ll finish the remains from the previous class: the last part of “Why Mathematics Is So Effective in Physics”, and the second half of the lecture on the principle of least action. Then we’re going to work out some … Continue reading

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Worked Examples for Lectures 5 and 6

I’ve posted the worked examples for lectures 5 and 6 from the book to our document repository.  (Lecture 4 had no examples.)  The file is named “Exercises problemsD.pdf” and is available through this link.

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Newton and the Origin of Civilization

This article from the London Review of Books offers a review of Newton and the Origin of Civilization by Buchwald and Feingold.  The review offers a short summary of Newton’s career with particular attention paid to his life-long interest, or … Continue reading

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Assignment for Class 4, October 14, 2013

We’ll start, of course, by finishing anything left over from the third class. We’ll try to cover Interlude 3, Partial Differentiation, which includes extrema, Lecture 4, Systems of More Than One Particle, which includes momentum and phase space, and Lecture … Continue reading

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Worked Exercises for Lecture 3 and Interlude 3

I’ve posted the answers to the exercises in Lecture 3 (dynamics) and Mathematical Interlude 3 (partial differentiation) in our document repository.  The file is named “Exercises problemsC.pdf”.  The pdf file is directly available here.

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Assignment for Class 3, October 7, 2013

Last class we almost finished differential calculus.  In the next class (October 7), we will aim to finish differential calculus, covering the short topic of Composition Rules; discuss the kinematics of motion, that is, the quantities we use to specify … Continue reading

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Worked Exercises for Lecture 2 and Interlude 2

I’ve posted the answers to the exercises in Lecture 2 (motion plus differential calculus) and Mathematical Interlude 2 (integral calculus) in our document repository.  The file is named “Exercises problemsB.pdf”.  I’ve done at least one problem from each set.  The … Continue reading

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Worked Exercises for Lecture 1 and Interlude 1

I’ve decided I’m going to try to keep up with the exercises (time permitting).  I’ve worked through the exercises for Lecture 1 and Interlude 1 (which is what we’ve covered so far except for differential calculus and motion).  They’re available … Continue reading

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Feynman Lectures on Mechanics Freely Available

In the early 60’s, the late Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist at Caltech, gave a two-year course of lectures on physics for Caltech freshmen and sophomores.  These lectures were edited into a three-volume set that was used thereafter as … Continue reading

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How to Fall in Love with Math

The title of this post is taken from a New York Times opinion piece, here, from September 15, 2013.  The piece was written by a mathematician who encourages us to view mathematics as more than a utilitarian tool for application … Continue reading

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