The Mechanical Universe and Beyond

The Mechanical Universe and Beyond

2007 - 2015, Other, Science
Educational series teaching students the basics of physics and classical mechanics
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Episode Guide

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - The Quantum Mechanical Universe (Season 1 Episode 52)
    Season 1 Episode 52:

    The Quantum Mechanical Universe

    A last look at where we've been and a peek into the future.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - From Atoms to Quarks (Season 1 Episode 51)
    Season 1 Episode 51:

    From Atoms to Quarks

    Periodic table of the elements.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Particles & Waves (Season 1 Episode 50)
    Season 1 Episode 50:

    Particles & Waves

    The debate created by quantum mechanics over the properties of light.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Atom (Season 1 Episode 49)
    Season 1 Episode 49:

    Atom

    Ideas on the atom, from the ancient Greeks to groundbreaking theories of J.J. Thomson and Ernest Rutherford.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Low Temperatures (Season 1 Episode 48)
    Season 1 Episode 48:

    Low Temperatures

    The discovery that all substances can exist in all other states of matter.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Entropy (Season 1 Episode 47)
    Season 1 Episode 47:

    Entropy

    The Carnot engine and the second law of thermodynamics.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Engine of Nature (Season 1 Episode 46)
    Season 1 Episode 46:

    Engine of Nature

    Using the Carnot engine to understand the first law of thermodynamics.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Temperature & Gas Laws (Season 1 Episode 45)
    Season 1 Episode 45:

    Temperature & Gas Laws

    The work of Boyle and Charles on the behavior of gases and the link between temperature and heat.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Mass, Momentum, Energy (Season 1 Episode 44)
    Season 1 Episode 44:

    Mass, Momentum, Energy

    A new formula for the conservation of momentum following Einstein's work on space and time.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Velocity & Time (Season 1 Episode 43)
    Season 1 Episode 43:

    Velocity & Time

    Meanings of space and time.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Lorentz Transformation (Season 1 Episode 42)
    Season 1 Episode 42:

    Lorentz Transformation

    How different results can be produced from the equations for time and space.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Michelson-Morley Experiment (Season 1 Episode 41)
    Season 1 Episode 41:

    Michelson-Morley Experiment

    The unexpected results of the Michelson-Morley experiment.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Optics (Season 1 Episode 40)
    Season 1 Episode 40:

    Optics

    The properties of light waves, including reflection, refraction and diffraction.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Maxwell's Equations (Season 1 Episode 39)
    Season 1 Episode 39:

    Maxwell's Equations

    James Clerk Maxwell's development of displacement currents that allowed the production of electromagnetic waves.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Alternating Current (Season 1 Episode 38)
    Season 1 Episode 38:

    Alternating Current

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Alternating Current (Season 1 Episode 38)
    Season 1 Episode 38:

    Alternating Current

    Generating alternating currents through electromagnetic induction.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Electromagnetic Induction (Season 1 Episode 37)
    Season 1 Episode 37:

    Electromagnetic Induction

    The discovery of electromagnetic induction in 1831 creates an important technological breakthrough in the generation of electric power.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Vector Fields & Hydrodynamics (Season 1 Episode 36)
    Season 1 Episode 36:

    Vector Fields & Hydrodynamics

    Making a distinction between action at a distance and the field of force.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - The Magnetic Field (Season 1 Episode 35)
    Season 1 Episode 35:

    The Magnetic Field

    The law of Biot and Sarvart, the force between electric currents, and Ampère's law.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Magnetism (Season 1 Episode 34)
    Season 1 Episode 34:

    Magnetism

    How the Earth acts like a magnet; the motion of charged particles in a magnetic field.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Electric Circuits (Season 1 Episode 33)
    Season 1 Episode 33:

    Electric Circuits

    The work of Ohm, Kirchhoff and Wheatstone in developing parallel circuits and capacitors.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Electric Battery (Season 1 Episode 32)
    Season 1 Episode 32:

    Electric Battery

    Alessandro Volta's first electric battery that turned chemical energy produced from metals into electricity.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Voltage, Energy & Force (Season 1 Episode 31)
    Season 1 Episode 31:

    Voltage, Energy & Force

    The potential danger of electric charges, currents, fields and forces; the electric potential and its gradient.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Potential & Capacitance (Season 1 Episode 30)
    Season 1 Episode 30:

    Potential & Capacitance

    The potential of charged conductors, equipotentials and capacitance; the work of Ben Franklin.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Electric Field (Season 1 Episode 29)
    Season 1 Episode 29:

    Electric Field

    Michael Faraday's influence on fields of force; Guass' law.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Static Electricity (Season 1 Episode 28)
    Season 1 Episode 28:

    Static Electricity

    Understanding Coulomb's law and the principles of static electricity.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Beyond the Mechanical Universe (Season 1 Episode 27)
    Season 1 Episode 27:

    Beyond the Mechanical Universe

    Electricity and magnetism.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Harmony of the Spheres (Season 1 Episode 26)
    Season 1 Episode 26:

    Harmony of the Spheres

    A last lingering look back at mechanics to see new connections between old discoveries.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Kepler to Einstein (Season 1 Episode 25)
    Season 1 Episode 25:

    Kepler to Einstein

    From Kepler's laws and the theory of tides, to Einstein's general theory of relativity, into black holes, and beyond.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Navigating in Space (Season 1 Episode 24)
    Season 1 Episode 24:

    Navigating in Space

    Voyages to other planets use the same laws that guide planets around the solar system.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Energy and Eccentricity (Season 1 Episode 23)
    Season 1 Episode 23:

    Energy and Eccentricity

    The precise orbit of a heavenly body a a planet, asteroid, or comet a is fixed by the laws of conservation of energy and angular momentum.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Kepler Problem (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Kepler Problem

    The task of deducing all three of Kepler's laws from Newton's universal law of gravitation.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Kepler's Three Laws (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Kepler's Three Laws

    A look at Johannes Kepler's laws of the motion of heavenly bodies.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Torques and Gyroscopes (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Torques and Gyroscopes

    From spinning tops to the precession of the equinoxes.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Angular Momentum (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Angular Momentum

    An old momentum with a new twist.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Waves (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Waves

    How Newton extended mechanics to the propagation of sound.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Resonance (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Resonance

    Explains why wind causes bridges to collapse and how glass shatters with high octave.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Harmonic Motion (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Harmonic Motion

    Music and mathematics of nature.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Conservation of Momentum (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Conservation of Momentum

    What keeps the universe ticking away until the end of time?

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Potential Energy (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Potential Energy

    The nature of stability.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Conservation of Energy (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Conservation of Energy

    According to one of the major laws of physics, energy is neither created nor destroyed.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Millikan Experiment (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Millikan Experiment

    A dramatic recreation of Millikan's classic oil-drop experiment to determine the charge of a single electron.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Gravity- Electricity- Magnetism (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Gravity- Electricity- Magnetism

    Shedding light on the mathematical form of the gravitational, electric, and magnetic forces.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Fundamental Forces (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Fundamental Forces

    All physical phenomena of nature are explained by four forces: two nuclear forces, gravity, and electricity.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Moving in Circles (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Moving in Circles

    A look at the Platonic theory of uniform circular motion.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Apple and the Moon (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Apple and the Moon

    The first real steps toward space travel are made as Newton discovers that gravity describes the force between any two particles in the universe.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Integration (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Integration

    Newton and Leibniz arrive at the conclusion that differentiation and integration are inverse processes.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Newton's Laws (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Newton's Laws

    Newton lays down the laws of force, mass, and acceleration.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Vectors (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Vectors

    The use of vectors in describing quantities such as displacement and velocity.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Inertia (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Inertia

    Galileo risks his favored status to answer the questions of the universe with his law of inertia.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Derivaties (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Derivaties

    The function of mathematics in physical science and the derivative as a practical tool.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - The Law of Falling Bodies (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Law of Falling Bodies

    The experiments of Galileo.

  • The Mechanical Universe and Beyond - Introduction (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Introduction

    Revolutionary ideas, from Copernicus through Newton.

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