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Mechanics: Motion, Forces, Energy and Gravity, from Particles to Planets, UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales)

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About this Course

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....

Top reviews

By RV

Jul 21, 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 28, 2016

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

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By Sandra Milena Jiménez Ardila

Jul 07, 2018

Primera vez que usaré español en el curso. Es un muy buen curso, tiene buen nivel y, aunque demanda mucho tiempo, se aprende bastante. Tiene buen feedback de los quices y así se aprende antes de llegar al quiz final. Un curso recomendado para hacer un barrido por los temas iniciales de física, sin ser básico. Gracias equipo!

By 李美琴

Mar 04, 2018

视频生动讲解透彻~

By Rohit Bhatnagar

Feb 11, 2018

Great examples and material. Some of the links may not work or are not targeted at the beginner student.

By Josef Petrželka

Jan 22, 2018

Perfect Joe. Very intense, demanding, but fruitful!

By Гущин Максим Олегович

Dec 28, 2017

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By jose

Dec 02, 2017

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By César Adrián Valtierra Hernández

Nov 18, 2017

This course was amazing, enough challenging with great support material, the teacher does an extraordinary effort for us to learn and show us the theory with real-life examples. Everything was very clear

By Jitka Sipkova

Sep 03, 2017

Great but challenging course. Lots of practice excersises, which is very useful.

By barry veldhoedt

Aug 30, 2017

Too little about stars & planets.

By Hamza Omar Mohamoud

Jul 24, 2017

Outstanding and helpful