General Information
8.01 is the midlevel firstyear physics course, aimed at the majority of MIT students. It is paced faster than 8.01L, it is less rigorous that 8.012, and it does not have the emphasis on takehome experiments that characterizes 8.01X.
Our goal is to convey the excitement of the physicist's quest to understand nature at its deepest level, and at the same time to provide the knowledge and tools that you will need to continue your studies in science or engineering. We hope you will enjoy the course.
Lectures
Lectures will be given by Prof. Stanley Kowalski thrice a week, for 1 hour each. We expect you to attend the lectures. The lectures will explain the concepts that you are expected to understand, and in addition there will be live demonstrations that are important to your understanding of the material.
Recitation Classes
You will be assigned to a recitation class that meets twice a week, for 50 minutes each meeting. These classes will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the material, and to practice the art of problem solving. There will be five 25minute quizzes given during recitation. If you need to change your recitation class, ask at the Physics Education Office.
Tutoring and Instructors’ Office Hours
Graduate student tutors will be available throughout the term, and you are strongly encouraged to seek their help. Tutoring sessions last 25 minutes. Initially they will be on a dropin basis, but we may switch to a signup system if there is a problem with overcrowded sessions.
Textbook
Young and Freedman. University Physics. 11th ed. 2003.
The textbook is a required purchase. When the material in the Study Guide is too concise for your taste, you can turn to the textbook, which provides more detailed derivations and explanations of the results and formulas. It also has more worked examples and problems, problemsolving hints, etc. Homework problems will be assigned from the textbook.
Study Guide
Busza, Wit, Susan Cartwright, and Alan H. Guth. Essentials of Introductory Classical Mechanics. 6th ed.
The Study Guide is not a required purchase, but is recommended. It was written especially for this course and will be your main resource for the course's material. It defines the content of the course, provides a concise discussion of the relevant principles of physics, and includes a large collection of physics problems, some with full solutions and some without. If by the end of the term you understand and know how to use the material in the Study Guide, you will deserve an A for the course. Since the Study Guide is still under development, it may contain some errors. If you discover any errors, we would very much appreciate your sending an email message about them. No error is too small to be worth correcting.
Problem Sets
Problem sets will be assigned about once a week; the exact schedule of handout dates and due dates is included on the Course Calendar, attached to this handout. Normally, written homework will be posted on the web on Wednesdays. It will be due the following week on Thursdays by 4 pm. There are exceptions. Check the web. Normally, Mastering Physics assignments will be posted on the web on Tuesdays. They will be due the following week on Tuesdays by 10 pm. Check the course calendar for exceptions. The two lowest homework scores will be excluded from the homework grade.
We believe that working out the problems on the homework is absolutely essential to learning the material of this course. Trying to learn physics without doing problems is like trying to learn how to ride a bicycle by reading a book. We strongly encourage students to get together in groups to discuss the homework, but of course the mere copying of solutions written by your friends will not help you learn physics. Solutions to each problem set will be made available immediately after they are due.
Mastering Physics
Registered students will be given access to Mastering Physics, an online tutorial and homework system. We will be using the access kit that comes with Young and Freedman's eleventh edition. Note: OCW Users will not be able to access this material.
Examinations
Recitation Quizzes
On five selected weeks, 25minute quizzes will be given in the Wednesday and Thursday recitation sections. The dates of the recitation quizzes are shown on the course calendar.
50minute Exams
Three lecture periods during the term  session #17, session #35, and session #53  will be used for 50minute exams. Each exam will focus on all the material since the previous exam, and will include at least one problem that is at most a slight modification of a previously assigned homework problem. Students will be assigned to exam rooms according to their family names.
Target Scores
The material in this course is tightly interconnected, so it is very difficult to understand the contents of Chapter N if you are not comfortable with the ideas in Chapters 1 . . . N 1. For that reason, we want to do everything that we can to encourage you to stay on top of the subject, avoiding any gaps in your understanding. As part of this encouragement, after each exam Prof. Kowalski will announce a target score  a level that is comfortably above the passing line, which we would like all students to attain. Students who fall below the target score will have the opportunity to improve their grades (and their understanding) by taking a MakeUp Exam.
MakeUp Exams
The Makeup Exams will be given on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., at least one week after the original 50minute Exam. Makeup Exam #1 will be held during session #23; #2 will be held during session #42 at 7:30 pm; #3 will be held session #58 at 7:30 pm. The dates for the 50minute Exams and the Makeup Exams are shown on the course calendar. Students electing to take the Makeup Exam will have a grade recorded as their exam grade which is the average of the MakeUp Exam and the regular 50minute Exam, if any, up to a maximum of the target score.
Final Examination
The 3hour final exam, which will cover the material from the entire course, will be held five days after the last lecture (lec 36), 9 am  noon. There will be no makeup final.
Grading
Problem Sets 
9% 
Mastering Physics 
9% 
Recitation 
10% 
50minute Exams 
36% 
Final Exam 
36% 

Academic Behavior and Honesty
During quizzes and exams, exchange of information with others is unacceptable. So is the use of notes or other materials, unless explicitly authorized. You will not be allowed to use calculators (they will not be needed). Anyone suspected of violating these guidelines will be charged with academic dishonesty and subject to MIT’s disciplinary procedures. However, you are strongly encouraged to get together in groups to discuss the problem sets and the material presented in the course.
MIT's academic honesty policy can be found at MIT Policies and Procedures.
Calendar
Note:
Y&F* = Young and Freedman. University Physics. 11th ed. 2003.
MP** = Mastering Physics
PS*** = Problem Set
1 
Introduction
Classical Mechanics
Coordinate Systems
Units of Measurement
Changing Units
Dimensional Analysis 
Y&F*: pp. 113 

2 
Kinematics
Speed and Velocity
Constant Velocity Motion 
Y&F: pp. 4047 

3 
Acceleration
Constant Acceleration Problems
Acceleration of Gravity 
Y&F: pp. 4762 
MP** 1 due
(a day after ses #3) 
4 
Vectors
Vector Addition
Vector Components
Unit Vectors
Vector Multiplication
Scalar Product 
Y&F: pp. 1427 
PS*** 1 due
(a day after ses #4) 
5 
Vector Product
Kinematics in 3D
3D Velocity
3D Acceleration
Acceleration: Perpendicular
Acceleration: Parallel 
Y&F: pp. 2730, 7887 

6 
Projectile Motion 
Y&F: pp. 8797 
MP 2 due
(a day after ses #6) 
7 
Uniform Circular Motion
Nonuniform Circular Motion
Galilean Relativity
Coordinate Transformations
Velocity Transformations
Acceleration Transformation
Relative Velocity Problems 
Y&F: pp. 98106 
Recitation Quiz 1
PS 2 due
(a day after ses #7) 
8 
Newton's Laws
Forces
Fundamental Forces in Nature
Newton's First Law
Newton's Second Law
Mass
Superposition of Forces 
Y&F: pp. 119138 
MP 3 due
(4 days after ses #8) 
9 
Newton's Third Law
Gravitational Force
Satellite/Force
Gravitational/Inertial Mass
Hooke's Law/Springs
Motion with a Constant Force 
Y&F: pp. 138146 
PS 3 due
(a day after ses #9) 
10 
Motion Examples
Pulleys 
Y&F: pp. 153171 
Exam 1
Lectures: 18
Homework: 13 due
(3 days after ses #10)
MP 4 due
(4 days after ses #10) 
11 
Friction
Kinetic Friction
Static Friction
Drag Force and Terminal Speed
Resistive Force Proportional to Velocity 
Y&F: pp. 171181 
PS 4 due
(a day after ses #11) 
12 
Dynamics of Uniform Circular Motion
Motion in a Vertical Circle
Conical Pendulum
Work and Energy
Work/Variable Force 
Y&F: pp. 181189, 207213 

13 
Kinetic Energy
Gravitational Potential Energy
Gravity and Other Forces
Power 
Y&F: pp. 213229, 241253 
Makeup Exam 1
(a day after ses #13)
MP 5 due
(a day after ses #13) 
14 
Conservation of Energy
Conservative Forces
Potential Energy of Conservative Forces 

Recitation Quiz 2
PS 5 due
(a day after ses #14) 
15 
Spring Potential Energy
Gravitational Potential Energy
Nonconservative Forces
Force and Potential Energy 
Y&F: pp. 253268 
MP 6 due
(4 days after ses #15) 
16 
Potential Energy Curves
Equilibrium and Stability
Forms of Energy 
Y&F: pp. 268270 
PS 6 due
(a day after ses #16) 
17 
Particle Momentum
Conservation of Momentum
Newton's Laws and Momentum
Momentum for a System
Momentum and Forces
CenterofMass 
Y&F: pp. 282292 

18 
CenterofMass Motion
Energy of a System of Particles
Rocket Motion 
Y&F: pp. 309313 
MP 7 due
(a day after ses #18) 
19 
Variable Mass Problems
Impulse/Collisions
Inelastic Collisions
Elastic Collisions 
Y&F: pp. 295305 
PS 7 due
(a day after ses #19)
Exam 2
Lectures: 118
Homework: 17 due
(2 days after ses #19) 
20 
2DElastic Collisions
Ballistic Pendulum
CenterofMass Collisions 
Y&F: pp. 305308 
MP 8 due
(a day after ses #20) 
21 
Rigid Body Kinematics
Right Hand Rule
Constant Angular Acceleration
Relation between Angular and Linear Motion
Rotational Kinetic Energy
Moment of Inertia 
Y&F: pp. 327345 
Recitation Quiz 3
PS 8 due
(a day after ses #21) 
22 
Parallel Axis Theorem
Perpendicular Axis Theorem
Particle Angular Momentum
Straight Line Angular Momentum
Circular Motion Angular Momentum
Angular Momentum and Forces
Conservation of Angular Momentum
Angular Momentum and Central Forces 
Y&F: pp. 345349 

23 
Dynamics of a Rigid Body
Torque
Angular Momentum and Torque
Conical Pendulum: Torque and Angular Momentum
Torque and Angular Acceleration
Torque and Gravity
Rigid Body Angular Momentum
Conservation of Angular Momentum 
Y&F: pp. 361370 
Makeup Exam 2
(a day after ses #23)
MP 9 due
(a day after ses #23) 
24 
Work and Energy in Rotational Motion
Angular Impulse
Translation and Rotation
Rolling Motion of a Rigid Body 
Y&F: pp. 370386 
PS 9 due
(a day after ses #24) 
25 
Rolling Cylinders/Spheres
Angular Momentum and Collisions
Gyroscopes 
Y&F: pp. 386389 
MP 10 due
(4 days after ses #25) 
26 
Forces in Equilibrium 
Y&F: pp. 406421 
Recitation Quiz 4
PS 10 due
(a day after ses #26) 
27 
Law of Universal Gravitation
Newton's Law of Gravity
Gravitational Potential Energy
Potential Energy of a Spherical Shell
Cavendish Experiment 
Y&F: pp. 436451 

28 
Potential Energy of a Sphere and Particle
Gravitational Forces and Extended Bodies
Force between Two Spheres
Tidal Forces
Weight and Gravitational Force
Planetary Motion
Circular Orbits 
Y&F: pp. 456464 
MP 11 due
(a day after ses #28) 
29 
General Planetary Motion
Generalized Orbits
Kepler's Laws 
Y&F: pp. 452456 
Exam 3
Lectures: 128
Homework: 111 due
(2 days after ses #29) 
30 
Oscillations
Simple Harmonic Motion
MassSpring Systems
Energy in SHM 
Y&F: pp. 476494 
PS 11 due (by 11 am)
MP 12 due
(a day after ses #30) 
31 
Simple Pendulum
Physical Pendulum
Torsional Pendulum
Percussion
Damped Oscillations 
Y&F: pp. 495502 
PS 12 due 
32 
Special Relativity
Galilean Transformations
Light/Theory of Waves
Stellar Aberration
MichelsonMorley 

Makeup Exam 3
(a day after ses #32)
MP 13 due
(a day after ses #32) 
33 
Paradox; Light Spheres
Einstein's Special Relativity
Postulates of Special Relativity
Relativity and Measurements
SpaceTime Coordinates
Relativity of Simultaneity
Lorentz Transformations
Simultaneity/Time 
Y&F: pp. 14031411 
Recitation Quiz 5
PS 13 due
(a day after ses #33) 
34 
Time Dilation
Length Contraction
Perpendicular Lengths
Orientation; Moving Rod
Paradox: PoleVaulter
Headlight Effect 
Y&F: pp. 14121419 

35 
Relativistic Velocity Transformation
Doppler Effect
Transverse Doppler Effect
Twin Paradox
Shape of Moving Objects
Relativity and Forces 
Y&F: pp. 14201425 

36 
Relativistic Momentum
Relativistic Energy
EnergyMomentum
Massless Particles
SpaceTime Invariant
General Relativity 
Y&F: pp. 14261434 

