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Introduction to Kinematics
In classical mechanics, we are ultimately interested with understanding the motion of objects.
However, before we can even begin to discuss the
causes
of such motion (i.e. before we study
the dynamics of physical systems), we must first find a way of
describing
the motion of objects.
In other words, we want to develop a mathematical formalism that allows us to represent the
position, velocity, and acceleration of moving objects, and to express how these quantities are
related to each other in time. This is the project of kinematics.
In the which deals with onedimensional motionwe introduce position, velocity, and
acceleration functions to keep track of an object's position along a
single
spatial direction as it
changes in time., we will expand this analysis to two and three dimensions by considering
vectorvalued versions of our original position, velocity, and acceleration functions. At the end of
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 Fall '10
 DavidJudd
 Physics, mechanics

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