# Miscellaneous Classical Mechanics Topics


• Ballistocardiogram
A small application of Newton's Laws to the measurment of the acceleration of the blood.
• Basal Metabolism
This document discusses the metabolic rate of different animals, and how it scales with the mass of the creature. It was originally written as a Supplementary Topic for a first year course at the University of Toronto: Physics for the Life Sciences I.  A small introduction to the basal metabolism and allometry.
• Birth of Physics in the Rennaisance
A brief summary of the birth of physics from Bacon through Young, from a first year physics course that uses minimal mathematics.
• Diffraction
A small little document discussing some qualitative aspects of diffraction.
• Electricity and Magnetism
A brief overview of electricity, magnetism and electromagnetic waves, from a first year physics course that uses minimal mathematics.
• Electricity and Magnetism: History
A brief summary of the history of electricity and magnetism from the Greeks through Maxwell, from a first year physics course using minimal mathematics.
• Energy
A brief introduction to the concept of energy. It includes a small discussion of whether the energy is real.
• Entropy
Course notes from a one-hour class on entropy for upper-year liberal arts students.
• Flash Animations for Physics
An index to various Flash animations for physics.
• Hip Forces
Analysing the forces acting on the hip.
• Horsepower of an Engine
The relationship between the horsepower and torque of an engine, focusing on car and motorcycle engines.
• Inertial Frames of Reference
A brief summary of the concept of Inertial Frames of Reference in Newtonian and Einsteinian Physics.
• Life, Emerging Structures, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
A discussion of issues of life and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Includes a section on cellular automata, and a section on sustainable energy sources.
• Magic Through Two Millenia
The Dept. of Physics offers a first year course with minimal mathematics, titled The Magic of Physics.
• Mirror Symmetry
Discusses the fact the mirrors apparently reverse front and back, not left and right. The rest discusses mirror symmetry in physics and biology.
• Newtonian Mechanics
A brief summary of Newtonian mechanics, from a first year physics course that uses minimal mathematics.
• Polarization
A very brief and simple introduction to the polarisation of light.
• Spectra
A very brief introduction, originally designed for upper-year liberal arts students.
• Standing Waves
Vibrations on strings and drum heads, plus a brief discussion of Fourier analysis.
• The axis of rotation for rolling motion
Analysing and teaching about the actual axis of rotation for a rolling object.
• The Extended Mind
Shows that the origins of speech and the human mind have emerged simultaneously as the bifurcation from percepts to concepts.
• The Mach-Zehnder Interferometer
A detailed description of the phase shifts of the Mach-Zehnder interfereometer.
• Waves and Wave Motion
A brief summary of waves.

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