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Dynamic Models in Physics
Volume I: Mechanics

Frank Potter, University of California, Irvine 
Charles W. Peck, California Institute of Technology

First-year students of mechanics are confronted with numerous physical processes easily represented as second-order differential equations. Dynamic Models in Physics offers such students the opportunity to tangibly interact with Newton's laws of motion and to observe the consequences of these laws even when analytic solutions do not exist or are beyond the abilities of most beginning students.

Students learn how to
  • Solve Newton's second law of motion numerically even in situations where no analytic solution exists.
  • Build and explore computer simulations of laboratory apparatus such as inclined planes, colliding pucks, pendulums, pulleys, and other devices and examine the behavior of conservative and nonconservative mechanical systems by dynamically altering physical parameters to see new behavior.
  • Solve problems including both translational and rotational motions.
Table of Contents
  • CHAPTER 1: Getting Started 
  • CHAPTER 2: Motion
  • CHAPTER 3: Forces
  • CHAPTER 4: Work, Energy and Momentum
  • CHAPTER 5: Rotational Motion
  • CHAPTER 6: Periodic Motion