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- Question set and answer key to accompany every episode of The Mechanical Universe (College) episode described below. The series was previously hosted at the Annenberg Learner website, but is now available on YouTube (thanks to CalTech).Episode 1. Introduction - Link to videoThis preview introduces r$79.96$143.52Save $63.56
Question sets and answer keys to accompany The Mechanical Universe (College) episodes described below. These are the first 13 episodes of the series in the sequence they were originally broadcast.
Episode 1. Introduction - Link to video
This preview introduces revolutionary ideas and individuals from Copernicus to Newton, and links the physics of the heavens and the earth. [2 pages; 20 questions]
Episode 2. The Law of Falling Bodies - Link to video
Galileo's imaginative experiments proved that all bodies fall with the same constant acceleration. [2 pages; 18 questions]
Episode 3. Derivatives - Link to video
The function of mathematics in physical science and the derivative as a practical tool. [2 pages; 20 questions]
Episode 4. Inertia - Link to video
Galileo risked his favored status to answer the questions of the universe with his law of inertia. [2 pages; 16 questions]
Episode 5. Vectors - Link to video
Physics must explain not only why and how much, but also where and which way. [2 pages; 16 questions]
Episode 6. Newtons Laws - Link to video
Newton lays down the laws of force, mass, and acceleration. [2 pages; 20 questions]
Episode 7. Integration - Link to video
Newton and Leibniz arrive at the conclusion that differentiation and integration are inverse processes. [2 pages; 21 questions]
Episode 8. The Apple and the Moon - Link to video
The first real steps toward space travel are made as Newton discovers that gravity describes the force between any two particles in the universe. [2 pages; 22 questions]
Episode 9. Moving In Circles - Link to video
A look at the Platonic theory of uniform circular motion. [2 pages; 18 questions]
Episode 10. Fundamental Forces - Link to video
All physical phenomena of nature are explained by four forces: two nuclear forces, gravity, and electricity. [2 pages; 24 questions]
Episode 11. Gravity, Electricity, and Magnetism - Link to video
Shedding light on the mathematical form of the gravitational, electric, and magnetic forces. [2 pages; 15 questions]
Episode 12. The Millikan Experiment - Link to video
A dramatic recreation of Millikan's classic oil-drop experiment to determine the charge of a single electron. [2 pages; 17 questions]
Episode 13. Conservation of Energy - Link to video
According to one of the major laws of physics, energy is neither created nor destroyed. [2 pages; 23 questions]
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Spring 2020 UPDATE: In addition to the printable PDFs of the student blanks and answer keys, a Google Docs version of each student document now included for easier distance learning use.