A video instructional series on physics for college and high school classrooms and adult learners
; 52 half-hour video programs and coordinated books
This series helps teachers demystify physics by showing students what it looks like.
Field trips to hot-air balloon events, symphony concerts, bicycle shops, and other locales make complex concepts
Inventive computer graphics illustrate abstract concepts such as time, force, and capacitance,
while historical reenactments of the studies of Newton, Leibniz, Maxwell, and others trace the evolution of theories.
The Mechanical Universe helps meet different students' needs, from the basic requirements of liberal arts students
to the rigorous demands of science and engineering majors.
This series is also valuable for teacher professional development.
This preview introduces revolutionary ideas and heroes from Copernicus to Newton,
and links the physics of the heavens and the earth.
2. The Law of Falling Bodies
Galileo's imaginative experiments proved that all bodies fall with the same constant acceleration.
The function of mathematics in physical science and the derivative as a practical tool.
Galileo risks his favored status to answer the questions of the universe with his law of inertia.
Physics must explain not only why and how much, but also where and which way.
6. Newton's Laws
Newton lays down the laws of force, mass, and acceleration.
Newton and Leibniz arrive at the conclusion that differentiation and integration are inverse processes.
8. The Apple and the Moon
The first real steps toward space travel are made as Newton discovers that gravity describes the force between any
two particles in the universe.
9. Moving in Circles
A look at the Platonic theory of uniform circular motion.
10. Fundamental Forces
All physical phenomena of nature are explained by four forces: two nuclear forces, gravity, and electricity.
11. Gravity, Electricity, Magnetism
Shedding light on the mathematical form of the gravitational, electric, and magnetic forces.
12. The Millikan Experiment
A dramatic recreation of Millikan's classic oil-drop experiment to determine the charge of a single electron.
13. Conservation of Energy
According to one of the major laws of physics, energy is neither created nor destroyed.
Produced by the California Institute of Technology and Intelecom.