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The Theoretical Minimum I: Classical Mechanics
This is the first course in a collection of 6 core physics courses by renowned physicist Leonard Susskind's series, The Theoretical Minimum. Our exploration of the theoretical underpinnings of modern physics begins with classical mechanics, the mathematical physics worked out by Isaac Newton (1642--1727) and later by Joseph Lagrange (1736--1813) and William Rowan Hamilton (1805--1865). We will start with a discussion of the allowable laws of physics and then delve into Newtonian mechanics. We then study three formulations of classical mechanics respectively by Lagrange, Hamiltonian and Poisson. Throughout the lectures we will focus on the relation between symmetries and conservation laws. The last two lectures are devoted to electromagnetism and the application of the equations of classical mechanics to a particle in electromagnetic fields.
Video Lectures & Study Materials
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|1||State diagrams and the Nature of Physical Laws (1:29:11)||Play Video|
|2||Newton's Law, Phase Space, Momentum and Energy (1:39:04)||Play Video|
|3||Lagrangian, Least Action & Euler-Lagrange Equations (1:49:47)||Play Video|
|4||Symmetry and Conservation Laws (1:55:50)||Play Video|
|5||The Hamiltonian (2:02:13)||Play Video|
|6||Hamilton's Equations (1:48:02)||Play Video|
|7||Liouville's Theorem & Phase Spaces (1:47:17)||Play Video|
|8||Poisson Brackets (1:38:08)||Play Video|
|9||Lagrangian of Static Electric and Magnetic Fields (1:34:46)||Play Video|
|10||Particles in Static Electric and Magnetic Fields (1:37:52)||Play Video|
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