Classical Mechanics Unit CM1 Work and Energy
Overview: This unit is the first in a series on classical mechanics. It covers work and energy, which have the same units as must be true if the work-energy theorem is to be valid. It also discusses conservative forces, the definitions of kinetic and potential energy, and the conservation of energy.
D. Kleppner and R. Kolenkow, An Introduction to Mechanics (K&K) Chapt. 4 - Work and Energy; consult Chapt. 1 for a review of vectors, elementary vector calculus, and other mathematical topics.
Comment: K&K is well-written and abounds with instructive and appropriate examples. The problems at the ends of the chapters are in many cases quite difficult, however, an the assigned problems have been chosen with care. The solutions are on file: just ask an instructor if you wish to see them.
Videotape: There is a videotape of a lecture by Prof. Mohan Kalelkar providing an explanation of the key concepts and problem-solving techniques for this unit. If you wish to view the tape during class, ask your instructor to set you up in the nearby video room. This tape can also be viewed in the Math and Science Learning Center (MSLC) by asking at the reception desk for Physics 323 Tape CM1 on Work and Energy.
The video may also be viewed online here
After completing this unit you should understand:
Chapt. 4: Problems 1-4,6,10,13,15,16,25