Essential Physics 1, is an intensive introduction to classical and special relativity, Newtonian dynamics and gravitation, Einsteinian dynamics and gravitation, and wave motion. Mathematical methods are discussed, as needed; they include: elements of differential geometry, linear operators and matrices, ordinary differential equations, calculus of variations, orthogonal functions and Fourier series, and non-linear equations for chaotic systems. The contents of this book can be taught in one semester. It is a book for first-year college students who have an interest in pursuing a career in Physics or a closely related field.

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conservation laws, einsteinian dynamics, newtonian gravitation, einsteinian gravitation, general relativity, calculus of variations, chaos, wave motion, orthogonal functions, fourier series, ordinary differential equations, Newton, Einstein, Fourier, Frank Firk