Textbook – Mechanics in Parallel

 

This is for Calculus-Based Physics as part of our comprehensive parallel pedagogy curriculum. You may also be interested to the Text for Algebra-Based Physics, or the Conceptual Textbook. This textbook by Pete Schwartz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
Creative Commons.pngThese chapters are provided as a supplement to the instruction or assigned videos and class work for the parallel pedagogy curriculum, as described in a May, 2017 The Physics Teacher publication. They are very short and simple with the intention that students will actually read them. Simple examples illustrate the concepts introduced, but the reader has access to many more examples and solutions via problem sets, exams and videos accessible from the class website of Spring 2017. I missed my deadline to “publish” it on OpenStax at the end of July, 2017. However, it is done now, and I will post it shortly on OpenStax shortly. Please contact me if you find mistakes, have ideas for improvements, or want to contribute.

 

Chapter 1

  • 1.0 introduction to lenses
  • 1.1 Momentum
  • 1.2 Energy
  • 1.3 Dynamics (Forces)
  • 1.4 Kinematics (speed)
  • 1.5 Kinematics (acceleration)
  • 1.6 Energy: Kinetic, and Gravitational Potential
  • 1.7 Forces affect Momentum and Energy
  • 1.8 Lens, Motivation, Application
  • 1.9 Scaling: What changes as things get larger?

 

Chapter 2

  • 2.0 Work
  • 2.1 Power
  • 2.2 Units
  • 2.3 Graphical Analysis of Kinematics
  • 2.4 Vectors and Direction
  • 2.5 Dynamics Protocol and More Directions
  • 2.6 Springs: Force and Stored Energy
  • 2.7 Potential Energy Diagrams
  • 2.8 Update and Summary on Lens Method

 

Chapter 3

  • 3.0 Changing Reference Frames
  • 3.1 Elastic Collisions in 1D, making reference to collisions (from OpenStax)
  • 3.2 Friction

 

Chapter 4

  • 4.0 Intro to Rotation (4 lenses)
  • 4.1 Direction of Rotation
  • 4.2 Rotation and Tangential Motion
  • 4.3 Torque, Work, Power
  • 4.4 Moment of Inertia
  • 4.5 Moments of Inertia of Solid Bodies
  • 4.6 Intro to Statics
  • 4.7 Angular Momentum Conservation

 

Chapter 5

  • 5.0 Centripetal Acceleration
  • 5.1 Ubiquitous Inverse Square Law
  • 5.2 Universal Gravity
  • 5.3 Loop the Loop: circular motion in the vertical plane
  • 5.4 Astro Gravitational Potential Energy and Escape Speed

 

Chapter 6

  • 6.0 Intro to Linear System of Masses
  • 6.1 Rotational Systems
  • 6.2 Center of Mass
  • 6.3 Parallel Axis Theorem

 

Chapter 7

  • 7.0 Introduction to Components
  • 7.1 Components, Work, Torque, Statics, Momentum
  • 7.2 Inclined Plane
  • 7.3 Conical Pendulum
  • 7.4 Angular Momentum of a Point Mass
  • 7.5 Angular Momentum, Stability, Precession
  • 7.6 Trigonometry and two Derived Equations