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UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales)

About this Course

4.4

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40 reviews

Most of the phenomena in the world around you are, at the fundamental level, based on physics, and much of physics is based on mechanics. Mechanics begins by quantifying motion, and then explaining it in terms of forces, energy and momentum. This allows us to analyse the operation of many familiar phenomena around us, but also the mechanics of planets, stars and galaxies.
This on-demand course is recommended for senior high school and beginning university students and anyone with a curiosity about basic physics. (The survey tells us that it's often used by science teachers, too.)
The course uses rich multimedia tutorials to present the material: film clips of key experiments, animations and worked example problems, all with a friendly narrator. You'll do a range of interesting practice problems, and in an optional component, you will use your ingenuity to complete at-home experiments using simple, everyday materials.
You will need some high-school mathematics: arithmetic, a little algebra, quadratic equations, and the sine, cosine and tangent functions from trigonometry. The course does not use calculus. However, we do provide a study aid introducing the calculus that would accompany this course if it were taught in a university.
By studying mechanics in this course, you will understand with greater depth many of the wonders around you in everyday life, in technology and in the universe at large. Meanwhile, we think you'll have some fun, too.

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Suggested: 1-4 hours/week...

Subtitles: English

Week

1This introductory section covers some basic tools you will need to solve some of the physics problems we will encounter later....

5 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes

Lesson 1.1: Introduction and Context3m

Lesson 1.2: Units and Significant Figures7m

Lesson 1.3: Vectors and Scalars4m

Lesson 1.4: Estimating5m

Course structure and grading3m

Week 1 Study Aids10m

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

2Here 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....

4 videos (Total 24 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes

Lesson 2.2: Acceleration7m

Lesson 2.3: Relating Velocity, Acceleration and Displacement2m

Lesson 2.4: Relative Motion5m

Week 2 Study Aids10m

Graphing Displacement and Velocity4m

Acceleration14m

Relating Velocity, Acceleration and Displacement4m

Relative Motion4m

Week 2 Test12m

Week

3Here we look at kinematics in two-dimensions – specifically, projectiles and objects in circular motion....

4 videos (Total 25 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes

Lesson 3.2: Combining Vertical and Horizontal Motion3m

Lesson 3.3: Trajectories and Range7m

Lesson 3.4: Uniform Circular Motion6m

Week 3 Study Aids10m

Projectiles, Falling Vertically Under Gravity14m

Combining Vertical and Horizontal Motion14m

Trajectories and Range6m

Uniform Circular Motion4m

Week 3 Test18m

Week

4After 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. ...

7 videos (Total 35 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes

Lesson 4.2: Inertial and Non-inertial Frames6m

Lesson 4.3: Newton's Third Law2m

Lesson 4.4: Calculating Total Force8m

Lesson 4.5: Practice Problems7m

Historical Interlude3m

The Syllogism1m

Week 4 Study Aids10m

Newton's Laws of Motion12m

Inertial and Non-inertial Frames14m

Newton's Third Law12m

Calculating Total Force18m

Practice Problems6m

Week 4 Test26m

4.4

40 ReviewsBy RV•Jul 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!

By CS•Nov 28th 2016

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

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