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No. 1

These notes written by James Dinwiddie list several experiments in chemistry.

Naval Tactics

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie focus on naval tactics including navigation, tacking, sailing, weather, and magnetism.

No. 3

These notes written by James Dinwiddie list several experiments in chemistry.

Motion

These notes written by James Dinwiddie focus on constrained motion. Dinwiddie begins the notes with definitions of constrained motion; he continues by discussing centrifugal motion. He later discusses motion with respect to time and space; in this...

Astronomy

This series of notes written by James Dinwiddie focuses on astronomy. Dinwiddie discusses the properties of the moon and outlines the lunar cycle as well as the phenomenon of comets. He provides a list of well known astronomers and their publicati...

Introduction

This introductory lecture written by James Dinwiddie discusses natural philosophy. Dinwiddie draws on past philosophers including Rene Descartes, Plato, and John Locke to describe Nature and man's relationship with her.

Vitriolated Tartar/Nitre

These notes written by James Dinwiddie focus on vitrolated tartar and nitre. Dinwiddie discusses the chemical composition of each substance as well as various reactions when they are mixed with other compounds.

Plane Mirrors; Archimedes; Gravity

These notes written by James Dinwiddie examine a number of topics in physics including gravity, force, velocity, light, and mirrors. Dinwiddie also mentions the classical natural philosophers Sappho, Archimedes, and Hermes.

Motion and Force

These notes written by James Dinwiddie focus on motion and force. He mentions various forces that act on bodies including gravity and electricity as well as the various types of motion.

Lecture 6 - Theories of the Earth

In this series of notes written by James Dinwiddie, he discusses various natural philosophers' theories of the earth. He includes theories from Burnet, Woodward, Whiston, and Buffon.

Introduction; Mechanics

These notes written by James Dinwiddie focus on topics in mechanics such as gravity, momentum, compound engines, and Ferguson's machine as well as matter, magnetism, electric shock, and capillary action in the introductory section.

Questions; Mechanics; Of Central Forces

This series of notes written by James Dinwiddie begins with a series of questions and answers related to various topics in physics. The notes continue with a series of questions and answers in mechanics followed by expanded notes on gravity. The l...

Lecture Notes

These notes written by James Dinwiddie outline twenty lectures on topics in physics including motion, gravity, force, and acceleration. The notes also touch on natural theology with respect to knowledge and creation.

Ballistics; Fortifications; Redoubts; Macedonian Phalanx

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie discuss a number of topics related to the military including fortifications, ballistics, redoubts, and the Macedonian Phalanx. Dinwiddie mentions various materials for building fortifications, armour,...

Lecture 7 - Geology, Volcanic Theory

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie discuss theories related to volcanic eruptions. Dinwiddie also mentions physical structures of the volcano and historical dates for volcanic eruptions.

Elementary Bodys [sic]

These notes written by James Dinwiddie concern "Elementary Bodys [sic]". Dinwiddie briefly discusses chemical compositions in one set of notes. In the second set, he discusses motion and the necessity of experimentation in understanding ...

Lightning and other Phenomena: Lectures on Electricity

These notes written by James Dinwiddie focus on lightning and electricity. Dinwiddie mentions Benjamin Franklin, historical dates for important experiments, circuits, conductors and other phenomena including water spouts and earthquakes.

Experiments of Factitious Air

These notes written by James Dinwiddie focus on experiments involving air; he documents his procedures as well as the results. Dinwiddie includes a hand-drawn diagram of various scientific apparatus at the front of the notes.

Lecture 2 - Astronomy

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie in 1783 (?) focus on astronomy including the phases of Venus and movements of the planets and moon.

Lecture 4, 5

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie in 1783 (?) deal with the properties of air and various experiments that demonstrate these.

Lecture 8

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie in 1783 (?) discuss electricity and lightning.

Lecture 13 - Astronomy

These notes written by James Dinwiddie outline a lecture on astronomy. He discusses the various planets and their motion as well as their various measurements (diameter, distance from the sun).

Lecture Notes

This series of lecture notes by James Dinwiddie in 1792 (?) references several subjects including mathematics, natural philosophy, Plato, Epicurius, the motion of the Earth, David Hume, and "W. Harrington". The file consists of 29 pages ...

Fireworks, No. 1-3

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie in 1792 include lists of recipes for making various types of fireworks.

Trigonometry

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie ca. 1793 focus on trigonometry. The notes begin with a series of definitions of angles, circles, and trigonometric measurements. They go on to mention various corollaries and theorems related to trigo...

Rules of Philosophy

These notes written by James Dinwiddie ca. 1793 are entitled "Rules of Philosophy". They focus on natural philosophical topics including matter, motion, gravity, simple machines, projectiles, pneumatics, and pendula.

Naval Architecture

These notes written by James Dinwiddie ca. 1793 focus on naval architecture. He mentions experiments that determine the best shape of an ocean vessel, improvements to rudder design, and the difference between French and English ships.

Planitarium

These notes written by James Dinwiddie ca. 1793 discuss several instruments including planitaria, clocks, and globes.

Electricity, No. 1,3

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie ca. 1793 focus on electricity including electric machines, electrometers, lightning, and conductors.

Metaphysics, No. 1

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie ca. 1793 focus on metaphysics and various philosophical questions.

Lecture 10 - Astronomy

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie in 1783 (?) focus on astronomy. He mentions the moon and tides as well as eclipses.

Lecture Notes

These notes written by James Dinwiddie ca. 1793 lists a series of topics in physics including heat, sight, electricity, magnetism, and fluids.

Lecture Notes

These notes written by James Dinwiddie ca. 1793 are a set of partial notes discussing theological topics. The notes contain some Greek words.

Agriculture

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie ca. 1793 discuss agriculture. He mentions the benefits of lime and manure in the soil as well as a recipe for cheese.

Diving Bell

These notes written by James Dinwiddie ca. 1793 discuss the diving bell including various experiments to examine its properties.

Lecture of H. Davy

These notes written by James Dinwiddie from April to May, 1811 are from a series of geology lectures by H. Davy. The notes cover the composition of earth and minerals as well as various experiments.

Lecture of Mr. D.F. Walker on Hydrostatics

These notes written by James Dinwiddie on July 30, 1811 are from a lecture on hydrostatics given by Mr. D.F. Walker. The notes mention the hydrostatic paradox and Tantalus' cup as well as flotation experiments.

Lecture Notes

These point form notes were taken by James Dinwiddie at a lecture on Wednesday, June 11, 1783. The notes cover a range of topics in chemistry and physics including Boschovich's Theory, chemical mixtures, evaporation, and magnetic curves.

Lecture 7

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie in 1783 (?) deal with electricity and electrical machines.

Lecture 11

These lecture notes written by James Dinwiddie in 1783 (?) note various astronomical systems including the Ptolemaic and Copernican as well as Kepler's, Newton's, and Descartes' theories on planetary motion.

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