This lecture reviews selected topics previously covered in lectures 1 through 5. This includes: scaling arguments, dot products, cross products, one-dimensional kinematics, trajectories, and uniform circular motion. Professor Lewin concludes by presenting a brain teaser to the audience. Sliding his fingers underneath a yardstick, towards the center, something strange happens: the fingers seem to make turns moving, they alternating sliding and stopping. Can you explain this?
This course is a first-semester freshman physics class in Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory. In addition to the basic concepts a variety of interesting topics are covered in this course: Binary Stars, Neutron Stars, Black Holes, Resonance Phenomena, Musical Instruments, Stellar Collapse, Supernovae, Astronomical observations from very high flying balloons (lecture 35), and you will be allowed a peek into the intriguing Quantum World.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), founded in 1861, is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is one of the foremost U.S. institutions in science and technology. It is comprised of five schools and one college, including the renowned School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, offering Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees. Notable alumni include Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, and American astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin.