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Introduction to the Mechanical Universe [electronic resource]

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With a focus on the physical principles that link Heaven and Earth, introduces revolutionary scientific ideas and heroes from Copernicus to Newton.
Online
1985
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The Law of Falling Bodies [electronic resource]

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Covers Galileo's experiments which prove that all bodies fall with the same constant acceleration.
Online
1985
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Derivatives [electronic resource]

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Stresses that all physical principles can be described mathematically. Applies this concept in a demonstration of how derivatives became a popular tool to determine the instantaneous speed and acceleration of a falling body.
Online
1985
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Inertia [electronic resource]

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Explains that Galileo's law of inertia answered such questions as why objects fall to earth rather than hurtle off into space.
Online
1985
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Vectors [electronic resource]

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Highlights the issues addressed by physics: why, how much, where, and which way.
Online
1985
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Newton's Laws [electronic resource]

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Highlights the significance of Newton's discovery that gravity describes the force between any two particles in the universe and his contribution to the laws of force, mass, and acceleration.
Online
1985
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Integration [electronic resource]

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Deals with Newton's and Leibniz's conclusion that differentiation and integration are inverse processes.
Online
1985
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The Apple and the Moon [electronic resource]

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Covers Newton's discovery that gravity describes the force between any two particles in the universe.
Online
1985
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Moving in Circles [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates how a body in uniform circular motion has both constant speed and constant acceleration, the Platonic theory of uniform circular motion.
Online
1985
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The Fundamental Forces [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates that all physical phenomena of nature are explained by four forces: two nuclear forces, gravity and electricity.
Online
1985
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Gravity, Electricity, Magnetism [electronic resource]

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Deals with the mathematical form of gravitational, electric, and magnetic forces.
Online
1985
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The Millikan Experiment [electronic resource]

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Traces the development of Robert Andrews Millikan's oil drop experiment in which he measured the electric charge of the electron.
Online
1985
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Conservation of Energy [electronic resource]

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Explains and demonstrates the principle of conservation of energy emphasizing the two forms of mechanical energy, potential and kinetic, and the relationship between them.
Online
1985
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Potential Energy [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates that potential energy provides a powerful model for understanding why the world has worked the same way since the beginning of time.
Online
1985
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Conservation of Momentum [electronic resource]

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Likens the universe to a perpetual clock and applies the principle of conservation of momentum to explain why the universe continues to operate. Applies the same principle to an analysis of collisions.
Online
1985
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Harmonic Motion [electronic resource]

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Presents the music and mathematics of periodic motion by explaining that the restoring force and inertia of any stable mechanical system causes objects to execute simple harmonic motion.
Online
1985
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Resonance [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates principles of resonance which explain why a swaying bridge collapses with a high wind and why a wine glass shatters with a higher octave.
Online
1985
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Waves [electronic resource]

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Discusses Newton's application of the simple harmonic motion concept to the propagation of sound. Explains and demonstrates the properties of sound waves, including amplitude, period and frequency.
Online
1985
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Angular Momentum [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates that angular momentum is a twist on momentum, the cross product of the radius vector and momentum. Goes on to demonstrate that when no torque acts on a system, the angular motion of the system is conserved.
Online
1985
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Torques and Gyroscopes [electronic resource]

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Explains and demonstrates the effect of torque on a spinning object, how gyroscopes function, and the precession of the equinoxes. Explains that when a torque acts on a spinning object, the angular momentum changes, but the object only precesses.
Online
1985