This first lecture is a general discussion of the nature of the laws of physics and in particular classical mechanics. The notions of configuration, reversibility, determinism, and conservation law are introduced for simple systems with a finite number of states. For example, a conservation law appears as a set of states isolated and cycling among themselves.
- State transitions of a classical system
- Conservation laws
- Allowable laws of classical physics
- Deterministic state transition
- Conservation of information
- Equations of motion