Best online resource for classical mechanics

In summary, the speakers discuss their experience with finding resources to supplement their learning in mechanics. They mention using multiple textbooks and online resources, such as Paul's online calculus notes and the UCBerkeley video channel, to enhance their understanding. They also recommend the MIT OpenCourseWare physics course taught by Richard Muller as a fantastic resource.
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I'm learning mechanics right now via an extension course. In the absence of an "on-demand" teacher I've found multiple textbooks and online resources to be useful.

When I studied calculus, Paul's online calculus notes (http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/Classes/CalcII/CalcII.aspx)
were a great compliment to the textbook.

Is anyone aware of an equivalent physics resource?
 
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http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-01-physics-i-classical-mechanics-fall-1999/

A fantastic resource :)
 
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The UCBerkeley video channel is what I use for physics courses, taught by Richard Muller. Entertaining and very well put together.
 
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JHamm said:
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-01-physics-i-classical-mechanics-fall-1999/

A fantastic resource :)

Definitely the best CM lectures I've come across online. I've used the lecture series to supplement both my introductory physics course, and also intermediate mechanics.
 
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I can understand the challenge of learning mechanics through an extension course without a teacher readily available. In such situations, online resources can be incredibly helpful. I am glad to hear that you have found multiple textbooks and online resources to be useful in your studies.

In terms of a specific online resource for classical mechanics, I would recommend checking out MIT's OpenCourseWare (https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-01sc-classical-mechanics-fall-2016/index.htm). This platform offers free access to lecture videos, notes, assignments, and exams from a full semester course on classical mechanics at MIT. It also includes interactive simulations and demonstrations to help visualize and understand the concepts.

Another great resource is Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics). They offer a wide range of videos and practice problems covering various topics in classical mechanics, from basic concepts to advanced applications.

I have also heard good things about Walter Lewin's lectures on classical mechanics, which are available on YouTube ().

Ultimately, the best resource for you will depend on your learning style and the specific topics you are studying. I recommend exploring different options and finding what works best for you. Best of luck in your studies!
 

1. What is classical mechanics?

Classical mechanics is a branch of physics that studies the motion of objects and the forces acting upon them. It is based on Newton's laws of motion and can be used to describe the behavior of macroscopic objects.

2. Why is it important to study classical mechanics?

Classical mechanics is important because it provides a foundation for understanding the physical world and is essential for other areas of physics, such as thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics. It also has practical applications in engineering and technology.

3. What is the best online resource for learning classical mechanics?

The best online resource for learning classical mechanics will depend on the individual's learning style and needs. Some popular options include MIT OpenCourseWare, Khan Academy, and Coursera. It is also helpful to consult textbooks and lecture notes from reputable universities.

4. How can I improve my understanding of classical mechanics?

To improve your understanding of classical mechanics, it is important to practice solving problems and to seek out additional resources such as interactive simulations, videos, and online forums for discussion and clarification. It can also be helpful to work with a tutor or study group.

5. Are there any online resources for classical mechanics that are specifically geared towards beginners?

Yes, there are several online resources specifically designed for beginners in classical mechanics. These include introductory courses on platforms like Coursera and Khan Academy, as well as interactive simulations and tutorials on websites like Physics Classroom and Physics Central.

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