## Mechanics from an Analytic, Numerical and Experimental Perspective

This is the first term of a two-semester introductory physical science and engineering course sequence.The focus is on quantitative scientific reasoning, with the first term’s exploration framed in the context of basic mechanics. Students will gain competence in both analytic (using pencil, paper and single-variable calculus) and numerical (using computer modeling) approaches to modeling simple physical systems and for the analysis of experimental data. Topics include kinematics, linear and rotational motion, forces, energy, collisions, gravitation, simple fluids and a brief introduction to waves. Examples are drawn from across the physical sciences and engineering.The course is aimed at first year students who have an interest in pursuing a concentration in the sciences and/or engineering. The course structure includes lecture, discussion and laboratory components.

### Spring 2017

- Lab 1: Smiley Face
- Lab 2: Ball on Ramp
- Lab 3: Beanie Baby Spinner
- Lab 4: Spring-Loaded Cannon
- Lab 5: Air Drag on the Air Track
- Lab 6: Magic Cylinders on Ramp
- Lab 7: Analyzing Cylinder Data
- Lab 8: Euler’s Method
- Lab 9: Runge-Kutta and Phase Space

### Spring 2016

- Lab 0: Intro to MATLAB
- Lab 1: Simple Motion
- Lab 2: Forces
- Lab 3: Collisions
- Lab 4: Measurement and Statistics
- Lab 5: Bungee Jump
- Lab 6: Oscillations
- Projects
- Download All Labs

### Spring 2015

- Lab 1: Intro to Motion
- Lab 2: Jump Forces
- Lab 3: Statistics (Ball Rolling)
- Lab 4: Momentum and Energy
- Lab 5: Falling Chain
- Lab 6: Bungee Jump
- Lab 7: Oscillations
- Lab 8: Projectile Motion
- Lab Project Summary

### Spring 2014

- Lab 1: MatLab tutorial
- Lab 2: Motion x-v-a
- Lab 3: Forces (elevator)
- Lab 4: Collisions
- Lab 5: Statistics
- Lab 6: Oscillators
- Lab 7: Driven oscillators
- Lab 8: Falling chain
- Lab 9: Projectile motion with drag
- Projects: Acoustic Triangulation, Building a Matlab based instrument tuner, Exploring the chaotic nature of the double pendulum, Modeling projectile drag, Inertial Navigation and iphones, Dynamic systems modeling in Matlab, Bead Fountain (Numerical and Experimental)

### Spring 2013

- Lab 1: MatLab Tutorial
- Lab 2: Ball Down the Incline Part 1
- Lab 3: Ball Down the Incline Part 2
- Lab 4: Air Drag
- Lab 5: Collisions
- Lab 6: Differential Solver
- Lab 7: Oscillator
- Lab 8: Resonance
- Lab 9: Build An Evolve Function
- Lab 10: Pendulum
- Lab 11: Physical Pendulum Part 1
- Lab 12: Physical Pendulum Part 2. Chaos
- Lab Summary 2 and 3
- Lab Summary 4 and 5