Classical Physics

Topic  Description Author  Format
The axis of rotation for rolling motion Analysing and teaching about the actual axis of rotation for a rolling object. June 2015). (524k) David M. Harrison pdf
Ballistocardiogram A small application of Newton's Laws to the measurment of the acceleration of the blood. (52k) David M. Harrison html
Basal Metabolism A small introduction to the basal metabolism and allometry. David M. Harrison html
Birth of Physics in the Rennaisance A brief summary of the birth of physics from Bacon through Young, from a first year physics course that uses minimal mathematics; the entire set of materials from the course is available by clicking here. (152k) Anthony W. Key html
Diffraction A small little document discussing some qualitative aspects of diffraction. (200k) David M. Harrison html
Electricity and Magnetism A brief overview of electricity, magnetism and electromagnetic waves, from a first year physics course that uses minimal mathematics; the entire set of materials from the course is available by clicking here. (5k) Anthony W. Key html
Electricity and Magnetism: History A brief summary of the history of electricity and magnetism from the Greeks through Maxwell, from a first year physics course using minimal mathematics; the entire set of materials from the course is available by clicking here. (131k) Anthony W. Key html
Energy A brief introduction to the concept of energy. It includes a small discussion of whether the energy is real. (37k) David M. Harrison html
Entropy html pdf Course notes from a one-hour class on entropy for upper-year liberal arts students. (44k/92k) David M. Harrison html and pdf
The Extended Mind Subtitled "Understanding Language and Thought in Terms of Complexity and Chaos Theory", this document shows that the origins of speech and the human mind have emerged simultaneously as the bifurcation from percepts to concepts. (42k) Robert K. Logan html
Flash Animations for Physics An index to various Flash animations for physics. (12k). David M. Harrison html
Hip Forces html pdf A small document analysing the forces acting on the hip. (89k/55k) David M. Harrison html and pdf
Horsepower of an Engine The relationship between the horsepower and torque of an engine, focusing on car and motorcycle engines. The level is intended to be suitable for first year Physics courses. Requires Flash 5 or better. (316k) David M. Harrison html
Inertial Frames of Reference html pdf A brief summary of the concept of Inertial Frames of Reference in Newtonian and Einsteinian Physics. (25k/35k) David M. Harrison html and pdf
Life, Emerging Structures, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics A discussion of issues of life and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Includes a section on cellular automata, and a section on sustainable energy sources. (255k) David M. Harrison html
The Mach-Zehnder Interferometer A detailed description of the phase shifts of the Mach-Zehnder interfereometer. (11k) David M. Harrison html
Magic Through Two Millenia The Dept. of Physics offers a first year course with minimal mathematics, titled The Magic of Physics. Documents from that course appear throughout this virtual bookshelf. The link to the left gives access to these 14 documents in a more coherent order. Anthony W. Key html
Mirror Symmetry html pdf The first section of this document discusses the fact the mirrors apparently reverse front and back, not left and right. The rest discusses mirror symmetry in physics and biology. The document is course notes from an upper-year offering in modern physics without mathematics. (399k/148k) David M. Harrison html and pdf
Newtonian Mechanics A brief summary of Newtonian mechanics, from a first year physics course that uses minimal mathematics; the entire set of materials from the course is available by clicking here. (5k) Anthony W. Key html
The Poetry of Physics This is a 20 chapter book on the ideas of physics, explained without mathematics. It also examines the role of physics in shaping both our thinking and the structure of our society. (671k in total, but the link to the left provides an index to pairs of chapters; each pair has a total filesize of about 66k.) Robert K. Logan html
Polarisation A very brief and simple introduction to the polarisation of light.(17k) David M. Harrison html
Spectra A very brief introduction, originally designed for upper-year liberal arts students. (107k) David M. Harrison html
Standing Waves html pdf Vibrations on strings and drum heads, plus a brief discussion of Fourier analysis. The document is course notes from an upper-year liberal arts course. (189k/195k) David M. Harrison html and pdf
Waves and Wave Motion A brief summary of waves, from a first year physics course using minimal mathematics; the entire set of materials from the course is available by clicking here. (27k) Anthony W. Key html

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