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Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics  A set of web pages giving an introduction into Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, the most important aspects of classical mechanics. The Principle of Least Action  A brief review of the mathematics and physics involved in the principle of least action. Amusement Park Physics  How do physics laws affect amusement park ride design? Design your own roller coaster and experiment with bumper car collisions. The Principle of Least Action  An overview of the historical development of the principle of least action. The Brachistichrone Problem  A java applet which demonstrates the Brachistichrone problem. This forms a good introduction to the calculus of variations which is important in classical mechanics. Los Alamos National Library  A collection of papers on current research into classical physics. Gyroscope  Graphics, related links and a video combine to show you how gyroscopes work. The Physics and Math of Soccer  Dicusses shape of a soccer ball, spin effects, motion of projectiles. On a general Method of expressing the Paths of Light,and of the Planets, by the Coefficients of a Characteristic Function  An original paper by William Rowan Hamilton, dated 1833. How a Helium Balloon Works  Explanation of lifting capabilities of helium, hydrogen and hot air balloons, from How Stuff Works. Central Forces with Java  A JAVA applet to simulate orbits in four different central forces: gravity, Yukawa, 1/R^4 and Black Holes Block and Tackle  Colorful illustrated tutorial shows how a block and tackle (as well as levers and gears) works. Primitive Potentials and Newton's Laws from Symmetry  Symmetry of function. Finding of primitive without integrationsummation. Newton's laws of any order. Mechanics of third order. How a Gyroscope Works  Explanation of why a gyroscope should resist being turned in any direction perpendicular to its axis. Kepler's Laws  Summary of Kepler's three laws. Physics of Sound  Rigorous derivation of sound wave equations from a molecular model of an ideal diatomic gas. General solution of the wave equations. Point source radiating in a moving medium. Simulations with Java  Provides several interactive physics simulations such as springs and masses, pendulums, molecules. Objects, mass, gravity, spring stiffness can be modified. Freshman Problems in Mechanics  Links to various problem sets relating to 1 and 2 dimensional kinematics. Easy mechanics problems and solutions. Roller Coaster Physics  discussion on some of physics Chaotic Systems  A brief overview of chaos theory and applications in classical mechanics. The Lagrange Points  Overview of the Lagrange points of the sunearthsystem. Links to a detailed derivation. Physics at Appleby College  A comprehensive collection of Java Applets on Waves, Sound and Light. Gravity  If you want to learn about gravity come here. The Controversy over Newton's Gravitational Constant  History of the gravitational constant. Kepler's Laws  Article in the Platonic Realms. Gives an novice's overview of Kepler's laws. Rigid Bodies  Separation of motion of center of mass and rotation about a fixed axis. Wave Equation  Mathematical description and derivation of wave equations. Oscillations  Gives a solution on a symmetric, linear, triatomic molecule problem.

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