The Mechanical Universe MEGABUNDLE

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    1. Question sets to accompany every episode of The Mechanical Universe ever produced: College and High School Adaptations. This is Everything Mechanical Universe.All video episodes stream online. All Google Docs files in this bundle are on Google Drive so they can be assigned online (for remote instruc
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    Question sets to accompany every episode of The Mechanical Universe (College).

    1. Introduction

    This preview introduces revolutionary ideas and individuals from Copernicus to Newton, and links the physics of the heavens and the earth. [20 questions]

    2. The Law of Falling Bodies

    Galileo's imaginative experiments proved that all bodies fall with the same constant acceleration. [18 questions]

    3. Derivatives

    The function of mathematics in physical science and the derivative as a practical tool. [20 questions]

    4. Inertia

    Galileo risked his favored status to answer the questions of the universe with his law of inertia. [16 questions]

    5. Vectors

    Physics must explain not only why and how much, but also where and which way. [16 questions]

    6. Newtons Laws

    Newton lays down the laws of force, mass, and acceleration. [20 questions]

    7. Integration

    Newton and Leibniz arrive at the conclusion that differentiation and integration are inverse processes. [21 questions]

    8. The 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. [22 questions]

    9. Moving In Circles

    A look at the Platonic theory of uniform circular motion. [18 questions]

    10. Fundamental Forces

    All physical phenomena of nature are explained by four forces: two nuclear forces, gravity, and electricity. [24 questions]

    11. Gravity, Electricity, and Magnetism

    Shedding light on the mathematical form of the gravitational, electric, and magnetic forces. [215 questions]

    12. The Millikan Experiment

    A dramatic recreation of Millikan's classic oil-drop experiment to determine the charge of a single electron. [17 questions]

    Episode 13. Conservation of Energy

    According to one of the major laws of physics, energy is neither created nor destroyed. [23 questions]

    Episode 14. Potential Energy

    Potential energy provides a powerful model for understanding why the world has worked the same way since the beginning of time. [16 questions]

    Episode 15. Conservation of Momentum

    What keeps the universe ticking away until the end of time? [22 questions]

    Episode 16. Harmonic Motion

    The music and mathematics of periodic motion. [21 questions]

    Episode 17. Resonance

    Why a swaying bridge collapses with a high wind, and why a wine glass shatters with a higher octave. [18 questions]

    Episode 18. Waves

    With an analysis of simple harmonic motion and a stroke of genius, Newton extended mechanics to the propagation of sound. [18 questions]

    Episode 19. Angular Momentum

    An old momentum with a new twist. [20 questions]

    20. Torques and Gyroscopes

    From spinning tops to the precession of the equinoxes. [2 pages; 21 questions]

    21. Kepler’s Three Laws

    The discovery of elliptical orbits helps describe the motion of heavenly bodies with unprecedented accuracy. [15 questions]

    22. The Kepler Problem

    The deduction of Kepler's laws from Newton's universal law of gravitation is one of the crowning achievements of Western thought. [20 questions]

    23. Energy and Eccentricity

    The precise orbit of a heavenly body — a planet, asteroid, or comet — is fixed by the laws of conservation of energy and angular momentum. [18 questions]

    24. Navigating In Space

    Voyages to other planets use the same laws that guide planets around the solar system. [18 questions]

    25. From Kepler to Einstein

    From Kepler's laws and the theory of tides, to Einstein's general theory of relativity, into black holes, and beyond. [19 questions]

    26. Harmony of the Spheres

    A last lingering look back at mechanics to see new connections between old discoveries. [21 questions]

    27. Beyond the Mechanical Universe

    The world of electricity and magnetism, and 20th-century discoveries of relativity and quantum mechanics. [18 questions]

    28. Static Electricity

    Eighteenth-century electricians knew how to spark the interest of an audience with the principles of static electricity. [15 questions]

    29. The Electric Field -

    Faraday's vision of lines of constant force in space laid the foundation for the modern force field theory. [17 questions]

    30. Potential and Capacitance

    Franklin proposes a successful theory of the Leyden jar and invents the parallel plate capacitor. [17 questions]

    31. Voltage, Energy, and Force

    When is electricity dangerous or benign, spectacular or useful? [20 questions]

    32. The Electric Battery

    Volta invents the electric battery using the internal properties of different metals. [18 questions]

    33. Electric Circuits

    The work of Wheatstone, Ohm, and Kirchhoff leads to the design and analysis of how current flows. [19 questions]

    34. Magnetism

    Gilbert discovered that the earth behaves like a giant magnet. Modern scientists have learned even more. [18 questions]

    35. The Magnetic Field

    The law of Biot and Sarvart, the force between electric currents, and Ampère's law. [16 questions]

    36. Vector Fields and Hydrodynamics

    Force fields have definite properties of their own suitable for scientific study. [24 questions]

    37. Electromagnetic Induction

    The discovery of electromagnetic induction created an important technological breakthrough in the generation of electric power. [18 questions]

    38. Alternating Current

    Electromagnetic induction makes it easy to generate alternating current while transformers make it practical to distribute it over long distances. [20 questions]

    39. Maxwell's Equations

    Maxwell discovers that displacement current produces electromagnetic waves or light. [19 questions]

    40. Optics

    Many properties of light are properties of waves, including reflection, refraction, and diffraction. [22 questions]

    41. The Michelson-Morley Experiment

    In 1887, an exquisitely designed measurement of the earth's motion through the ether results in the most brilliant failure in scientific history. [20 questions]

    42. The Lorentz Transformation

    If the speed of light is to be the same for all observers, then the length of a meter stick, or the rate of a ticking clock, depends on who measures it. [16 questions]

    43. Velocity and Time

    Einstein is motivated to perfect the central ideas of physics, resulting in a new understanding of the meaning of space and time. [18 questions]

    44. Mass, Momentum, Energy

    The new meaning of space and time make it necessary to formulate a new mechanics. [19 questions]

    45. Temperature and Gas Laws

    Hot discoveries about the behavior of gases make the connection between temperature and heat. [20 questions]

    46. Engine of Nature

    The Carnot engine, part one, beginning with simple steam engines. [21 questions]

    47. Entropy

    The Carnot engine, part two, with profound implications for the behavior of matter and the flow of time through the universe. [17 questions]

    48. Low Temperatures

    With the quest for low temperatures came the discovery that all elements can exist in each of the basic states of matter. [17 questions]

    49. The Atom

    A history of the atom, from the ancient Greeks to the early 20th century, and a new challenge for the world of physics. [18 questions]

    50. Particles and Waves

    Evidence that light can sometimes act like a particle leads to quantum mechanics, the new physics.. [19 questions]

    51. From Atoms to Quarks

    Electron waves attracted to the nucleus of an atom help account for the periodic table of the elements and ultimately lead to the search for quarks. [20 questions]

    52. The Quantum Mechanical Universe

    A last look at where we've been and a peek into the future. [17 questions]

    The Mechanical Universe of Phyz is a web page with links to every episode of The Mechanical Universe (original college telecourse) and every episode of The Mechanical Universe High School Adaptations. I organized the episodes into what I consider a more teacher-friendly order compared to the original sequence.

    Lessons of Phyz advantages:

    • A heavy font ensures high legibility even in dim lighting.
    • Questions are designed to be answered while the video plays—quick, simple responses keep students engaged without requiring deep reflection that would take them out of the presentation.
    • Question types are mixed: fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, and short answer are common; in some cases, matching or simple illustrations are involved.
    • Certain moments in a video lesson merit undivided attention. No questions have been placed in those moments.
    • "Play to the buzzer": Whenever possible, the last question in the set is answered during the last seconds of the video.
    • I am a classroom teacher; I designed these resources for use with my own students.
    • If you find competing products online, by all means check them out. They may be cheaper; they may be free. None of them will be as professional, polished, or classroom-ready as this one.

    The student Google Docs files linked to in this product are suitable for use as Google Docs and for printing and photocopying.

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