For more information about Professor Shankar’s book based on the lectures from this course, Fundamentals of Physics: Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics, visit http://bit.ly/1jFIqNu.

Fundamentals of Physics (PHYS 200)

Professor Shankar introduces the course and answers student questions about the material and the requirements. He gives an overview of Newtonian mechanics and explains its two components: kinematics and dynamics. He then reviews basic concepts in calculus through two key equations: x = x0 + v0t + ½ at2 and v2 = v02+ 2 a (x-x0), tracing the fate of a particle in one dimension along the x-axis.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Introduction and Course Organization

21:25 – Chapter 2. Newtonian Mechanics: Dynamics and Kinematics

28:20 – Chapter 3. Average and Instantaneous Rate of Motion

37:56 – Chapter 4. Motion at Constant Acceleration

52:37 – Chapter 5. Example Problem: Physical Meaning of Equations

01:08:42 – Chapter 6. Derive New Relations Using Calculus Laws of Limits

Complete course materials are available at the Yale Online website: online.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Fall 2006.