Physics 1A - BGU Physics Department
BGU Physics Department

Physics 1 for Physics Students

Course Plan

Topics

Week Lecture Tutorial Main source Additional source
1
Introduction, units, experimental basics, scales in the Universe No tutorial Ch 1
Ch 1

Estimation: guesstimates, dimensional analysis, scaling arguments
Lecture notes

2 Kinematics: 1D, vector analysis, coordinates, Taylor expansion, kinematics in N dimensions, circular motion 1D motion, dimensional analysis, coordinates
Ch 1, 5
Ch 2
3 Newton laws, reference frames, Galilean relativity, inertial and non-inertial frames Vector algebra, Taylor expansion
Ch 2, 8
Ch 3, 4
4 Momentum conservation, system of particles, center of mass (discrete and continuum), varying mass Kinematics in many dimensions, circular motion
Ch 3 Ch 6
5 Forces: contact, friction, drag, elementary, inertial, Hooke, elasticity
Newton laws, Galilean relativity, forces: friction, drag
Ch 2, 5, 8
Ch 4
6 Work and energy, conservative and non-conservative forces, energy conservation, potential energy, collisions 1D, 3D Graivty, Momentum, center of mass, inertial forces
Ch 4, 5 Ch 5
7 Harmonic oscillator: simple, damped, forced, resonances, Q factor Work and energy, conservative forces
Ch 10
Ch 7
8 Angular momentum and rigid body: moment of momentum, spin, rotation axis, moment, motion including rotation Harmonic oscillators: simple, damped, forced
Ch 6
Ch 8
9 Rigid body dynamics, roll with and without slip intertia tensor,
Angular momentum and rigid body: moment of inertia for rotation around an axis
Ch 7 Ch 8

(Optional) Euler equtions, moment-free dynamics, precession

10 Motion in a central potential: effective potential, constants of motion, Keplerian motion
Roll with/out slip
(Optional:) precession, tensor of inertia
Ch 9
Ch 9
11 Spectial relavitiy: Lorentz transformation, time dilation, length contraction
Central potential, conservation laws
Secondary:
Ch 11, 12
Ch 10, 11
12 Four-vectors: energy transform, Doppler effect, abberation, beaming
(Optional:) relativistic rocket
Special relativity: Lorentz transformation, time dilation, length contraction, Doppler Secondary: Ch 13, 14 Ch 12, 13
13 Summary Review
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Sources

• Main source: An Introduction To Mechanics by Daniel Kleppner, Robert Kolenkow
• Additional source: Kittel, Mechanics, Berkeley Physics Course, QC 21.B4445
• Supplementary source: "Thinking Physics", by Lewis Carroll Epstein