A Course in Classical Mechanics

This represents the effort to display all of the essential tools and applications of classical mechanics. This can be thought of as a parallel development of How to be a Great Amateur Theoretical Physicist.

The goal here is to physically motivate everything. If I can figure out a way of writing an exciting introduction in words, then I will do it. After that, of course, the mathematical gloves will come off.

Lecture 1: The Nature of Classical Physics. what is Classical Physics? Why Study Classical Mechanics? What is a Particle? Simple Dynamical Systems and State Space. Using Number Systems in Physics. Cycles in State Space. The Theory of Distances. Units of Measurement. The Variability of Measured Data. What is Motion? The Myth of Scientific Laws.

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