# Miscellaneous Classical Mechanics Topics

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- 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.