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December 17, 2022


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8.01L is an introductory mechanics course, which covers all the topics covered in 8.01T. The class meets throughout the fall, and continues throughout the Independent Activities Period (IAP).

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction Unlimited
  • Force as a Vector, Static Equilibrium, Addition and Subtraction of Vectors Unlimited
  • Example Problems Unlimited
  • Free-body Diagrams and Example Problems, More Discussion of Specific Types of Vectors Unlimited
  • Kinematics: Describing 1D Motion, Relative Velocity Unlimited
  • Example Problems: Kinematics and Velocity Unlimited
  • Kinematics: 2D Motion, Circular Motion Unlimited
  • Newton’s Three Laws Unlimited
  • Example Problems: Newton’s Laws Unlimited
  • Friction Unlimited
  • Springs Unlimited
  • Circular Motion with Gravity Unlimited
  • Conclusion of F=ma, Start of Work/Energy Unlimited
  • Exam Review, Work/Energy, Potential Energy Unlimited
  • Potential Energy Unlimited
  • Potential Energy Diagrams, Potential Energy of Springs Unlimited
  • Conservation of Momentum Unlimited
  • Momentum, Combining Momentum and Energy Unlimited
  • 2D Collisions Unlimited
  • Power, Impulse, Center of Mass Unlimited
  • Simple Harmonic Motion Unlimited
  • More on Simple Harmonic Motion, Introduction to More Accurate Gravity Formula Unlimited
  • More on Gravity Unlimited
  • Example Problems: Energy and Gravity Unlimited
  • Properties of Fluids Unlimited
  • Introduction to Angular Motion Unlimited
  • Statics and Dynamics of Angular Motion Unlimited
  • Everything you need to know about the Dynamics of Rotation Unlimited
  • Pendulums and Kinetic Energy of Rotation Unlimited
  • Energy and Momentum of Rotation Unlimited
  • More about Momentum of Rotation Unlimited
  • More about Momentum of Rotation (cont.) Unlimited
  • Conclusion of Angular Momentum Unlimited
  • Final Exam Review Unlimited

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