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Amusement Park Physics
- How do physics laws affect amusement park ride design? Design your own roller coaster and experiment with bumper car collisions.
Block and Tackle
- Colorful illustrated tutorial shows how a block and tackle (as well as levers and gears) works.
Classical Mechanics on Wikipedia
- Free online encyclopedia with description of the theory and history of classical mechanics.
Derivation of Basic Gyroscope Formula
- Web page contains a clear, simple and intuitive derivation of this formula.
The Eöt-Wash Group
- Group at the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, University of Washington, undertaking laboratory tests of gravitational and sub-gravitational physics.
Freshman Problems in Mechanics
- Links to various problem sets relating to 1 and 2 dimensional kinematics. Easy mechanics problems and solutions.
- Provides definitions of gravity.
- Graphics, related links and a video combine to show you how gyroscopes work.
How a Helium Balloon Works
- Explanation of lifting capabilities of helium, hydrogen and hot air balloons, from How Stuff Works.
- Article in the Platonic Realms. Gives a novice's overview of Kepler's laws.
The Lagrange Points
- Overview of the Lagrange points of the sun-earth-system. Links to a detailed derivation.
Mechanics: Statics and Kinematics
- Splung.com provides educative material including distance, displacement, velocity, acceleration, linear motion, circular motion, momentum, Newton's laws of motion, simple harmonic motion, energy, work, power, gravitation, Kepler's laws, satellites and friction.
Non Linear Mappings
- Interactive visualisation of nonlinear mappings, a Java applet simulating the standard map and the Henon map.
On a General Method of Expressing the Paths of Light and of the Planets, by the Coefficients of a Characteristic Function
- An original paper by William Rowan Hamilton, dated 1833.
Oscillations and Harmonic Oscillations
- Tutorial on this topic.
Physclips: Mechanics with Animations and Film Clips
- Kinematics and dynamics are presented in multimedia, at both introductory and deeper levels. Individual video clips and animations are suitable for use by teachers, while students may use the whole package for self instruction or for reference.
- Discussion of various forms of rotating motion in which the Coriolis effect plays a part, such as the Foucault pendulum and inertial oscillations. Illustrated with animations.
Physics of Sound
- Rigorous derivation of sound wave equations from a molecular model of an ideal diatomic gas. General solution of the wave equations. Point source radiating in a moving medium.
Primitive Potentials and Newton's Laws from Symmetry
- Symmetry of function. Finding of primitive without integration-summation. Newton's laws of any order. Mechanics of third order.
- Separation of motion of centre of mass and rotation about a fixed axis.
Simulations with Java
- Provides several interactive physics simulations such as springs and masses, pendulums, molecules. Objects, mass, gravity, spring stiffness can be modified.
Soccer Ball Physics
- Discusses shape of a soccer ball, spin effects and the motion of projectiles.
String Wave Solutions
- Provides some solutions for wave equations.
- A physics safety educational tool.
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