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.
14. Potential Energy
Potential energy provides a powerful model for understanding why the world has worked the same way since the
beginning of time.
15. Conservation of Momentum
What keeps the universe ticking away until the end of time?
16. Harmonic Motion
The music and mathematics of periodic motion.
Why a swaying bridge collapses with a high wind, and why a wine glass shatters with a higher octave.
With an analysis of simple harmonic motion and a stroke of genius, Newton extended mechanics to the propagation of sound.
19. Angular Momentum
An old momentum with a new twist.
20. Torques and Gyroscopes
From spinning tops to the precession of the equinoxes.
21. Kepler's Three Laws
The discovery of elliptical orbits helps describe the motion of heavenly bodies with unprecedented accuracy.
22. The Kepler Problem
The deduction of Kepler's laws from Newton's universal law of gravitation is one of the crowning achievements of
23. Energy and Eccentricity
The precise orbit of a heavenly body - a planet, asteroid, or comet - is fixed by the laws of conservation of energy
and angular momentum.
24. Navigating in Space
Voyages to other planets use the same laws that guide planets around the solar system.
25. Kepler to Einstein
From Kepler's laws and the theory of tides, to Einstein's general theory of relativity, into black holes, and beyond.
26. Harmony of the Spheres
A last lingering look back at mechanics to see new connections between old discoveries.
Produced by the California Institute of Technology and Intelecom.