Physics 201

Space, Time and motion

What does it mean for an object to be in motion? More specifically, what is the cause of motion? How can it be measured, or quantified? Is it possible to think something is in motion when it is truly standing still? And is there a maximum speed of that any object can move?

In this course, we will engage in a careful study of dynamics—the science of the causes of motion and rest—paying particular attention to the ideas of space and time. We will focus on reading selections from Galileo’s Dialogues, Pascal's Physical Treatises, Newton’s Principia and Einstein’s Relativity. Weekly laboratory sessions complement our classroom discussions.

If you are not currently enrolled in this course, you are still welcome to sit in on any of my lecture sections. Or you can check out one of my online videos (a few are available here.) I look forward to our time together this semester studying some of the most significant and insightful works on physics that have been written!

The course syllabus, homework exercise solutions, and other resources will be available behind the following links: