Classical Mechanics/ Math Methods 1

About these materials

At CU Boulder, we are working on a long term project to help transform the first semester of our Classical Mechanics/Math Methods I course (generally taken by sophomores) to make better use of ideas and materials from the PER community.

Classical Mechanics/Math Methods I is the first course in a two-semester classical mechanics sequence. Content coverage is similar to the first half of most one-semester classical mechanics courses; this course concludes just before introducing the calculus of variations.

On this site, you will find a number of materials we have borrowed or developed. Feel free to use what you like - we would like to share materials, but also believe in giving credit to sources whenever possible.

How to obtain materials

Materials on this site are organized using the menu above. You can navigate this site as you would a typical webpage to view or download course materials.

You can view all materials by navigating to the "Source Documents" folder.

If you prefer, you can download the entire course archive in a zip format.

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Materials that were developed at CU Boulder are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Works borrowed or adapted from others are subject to their respective licenses.

This material is based upon work supported by the University of Colorado and the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers DUE 1023028 and DUE 0737118.
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