Physics 1
Mechanics Overview

Mechanics is the branch of Physics dealing with the study of motion. No matter what your interest in science or engineering, mechanics will be important for you - motion is a fundamental idea in all of science.

Mechanics can be divided into 2 areas - kinematics, dealing with describing motions, and dynamics, dealing with the causes of motion.

Mechanics Diagram 

In Physics 1, we try to "cover" mechanics in 1-4.5 week cycle. Obviously, lots of things are going to get left out or glossed over, but turning out mechanical engineers is not the goal in Physics 1!

Physics 1 Mechanics topics include:

In the Hewitt book, this is the material in Chapters 2-5, parts of 6, 7, and 8.
If time permits:


last update November 23. 2007 by JL Stanbrough