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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction and Basic Tools

This introductory section covers some basic tools you will need to solve some of the physics problems we will encounter later.

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5 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes
5 videos
Lesson 1.3: Vectors and Scalars4m
Lesson 1.4: Estimating5m
2 readings
Course structure and grading3m
Week 1 Study Aids10m
6 practice exercises
Start of course survey32m
Introduction and Context8m
Units and Significant Figures (Important skills in this course!)14m
Vectors and Scalars16m
Estimating10m
Week 1 Test22m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Velocity and Acceleration

Here we introduce kinematics, in which we describe and quantify movement of objects through space over time. Motion is so important to mechanics (and most of physics) that we'll spend a few weeks establishing the tools and techniques we'll need. We'll leave explaining motion to the later weeks, starting with Newton's laws in week 4. Here we study the simplest case: motion in a straight line.

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4 videos (Total 24 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
1 reading
Week 2 Study Aids10m
5 practice exercises
Graphing Displacement and Velocity4m
Acceleration14m
Relating Velocity, Acceleration and Displacement4m
Relative Motion4m
Week 2 Test12m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Motion in Two Dimensions

Here we look at kinematics in two-dimensions – specifically, projectiles and objects in circular motion.

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4 videos (Total 25 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
1 reading
Week 3 Study Aids10m
5 practice exercises
Projectiles, Falling Vertically Under Gravity14m
Combining Vertical and Horizontal Motion14m
Trajectories and Range6m
Uniform Circular Motion4m
Week 3 Test18m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Newton's Laws of Motion

After describing and quantifying motion (weeks 2 and 3), we now start explaining it with Newton's three laws of motion. Knowledge of Newton's laws and the ability to apply them to various situations will allow us to explain much of the motion we observe in the world around us. They are also very important for analysing things (like bridges) that don't move much (a subject called Statics that's important in some Engineering programs). Because Newton's laws are so important, week 4 has five lessons, as well as slightly longer quizzes than the previous chapters. 

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7 videos (Total 35 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
7 videos
Lesson 4.4: Calculating Total Force8m
Lesson 4.5: Practice Problems7m
Historical Interlude3m
The Syllogism1m
1 reading
Week 4 Study Aids10m
6 practice exercises
Newton's Laws of Motion12m
Inertial and Non-inertial Frames14m
Newton's Third Law12m
Calculating Total Force18m
Practice Problems6m
Week 4 Test26m
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Top reviews from Mechanics: Motion, Forces, Energy and Gravity, from Particles to Planets

By RVJul 21st 2016

Great course. Good explanations and examples. The quizes and tests are not very easy sometimes, but they do you let think again. Very enjoyable! Just the course I was looking for a long time!

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Great course, great professor, great opportunity of learning! Don't miss your chance...

Instructors

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Prof. Joe Wolfe

Professor
School of Physics, Faculty of Science
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Dr Elizabeth J. Angstmann

First Year Physics Director
School of Physics, Faculty of Science
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Mr Sebastian Fricke

Teacher and laboratory manager
School of Physics, Faculty of Science

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