If you are confused about forces acting on a body or exerted by the body, about pseudo vs. real forces, pulleys and strings, wedges and blocks and bodies moving in different ways within a certain configuration, this course will instil crystal-clear concepts in your mind and remove all your doubts and confusion.
On the other hand, if you are fairly good at all of these, this course will further strengthen your understanding of fundamental concepts, and will enhance your ability to think analytically and to apply rigorous methodology to solve challenging problems.
Newton's Laws of Motion are the fundamental concepts you need to know to understand all of Classical Mechanics. Build your strong foundations right here, and watch out for my next course on Mechanics - Rotational Mechanics, a chapter considered by many students as "tough".
Know if this course is for you and what you can get out of the course. Also get introduced to me and my teaching style.
I am including four documents right here. These are Assignments 1 & 2, and their solutions, in pdf format. You should attempt Assignment 1 after you have absorbed Lectures 1 through 7 (Pseudo Force). Assignment 2 should be attempted after you have gone through all lectures and revised all of them.
Do not turn to the solutions until you have tried solving all the problems and have worked really hard while doing so.
For any doubts or queries on assignments or any of the lectures, feel free to write in and I will respond.
This lecture takes you through the fundamental concepts of force, acceleration and momentum. You will be able to solve numerous problems in mechanics if you diligently absorb the contents of this lecture.
Understand why momentum of a system is conserved although momentum of individual objects may change - as long as there is no external force on the system. Internal forces do not affect the momentum of the system.
Learn Newtonian action-reaction pairs. Learn the methodology to solve problems.
Learn how to apply Newton's Laws of Motion in a non-inertial frame; Understand how the 2nd Law is the primary Law.
Learn all about pulleys, strings and masses and acquire the ability to think analytically and solve problems efficiently.
Learn how to solve problems involving wedges and constraints.
This lecture gets into details of what friction really is, its cause, types and effects.
Angle of Friction, Angle of Repose, Worked Examples.
How banking of roads makes them safer.
I combine depth with fun - two seemingly mutually exclusive domains. I encourage my students to dive deep and learn for life, not merely for an exam, although scoring well on exams is a clear goal. I enable my students to learn concepts in a crystal-clear manner, and to acquire the ability to apply those concepts to challenging problems. My focus is on students of the 11th and 12th grades especially those who are preparing for higher level tests such as the AP in the US.
I have an originality of thought and expression and a creativity that motivates my students to delve deeper and get a 360 degree view of the subject. Above all, my classes are enjoyable. I believe learning can and must be fun. The more you enjoy, the better you learn.
I was a topper during my student days. I had an All-India rank of 11 at the IIT JEE, an exam regarded by many as one of the toughest in the world. I know what it takes to excel and I can show you the way.