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Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics

About This Course

Mechanics is the study of the physics of motion and how it relates to applied forces. It lays the foundation of understanding the world around us through the how and why of motion. This physics course is the first in a series of modules that covers calculus-based mechanics. This module reviews kinematics (the geometrical description of motion) in the context of one-dimensional, multi-dimensional, and circular motion. It also reviews Newton’s laws of motion and examines their application to a wide variety of cases.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand kinematics
  • Discover Newton’s Laws
  • Learn the concept of circular motion
  • Understand resistive forces, constraints, and massive ropes
  • Format of This Course

    This course includes lectures and exercises.

    Recommended Prerequisites

    High school physics and calculus (see Related Content below)

    License Type

    This course may contain material that is © third parties. Unless otherwise indicated, all content is © All Rights Reserved by the course instructor(s).


    Peter Dourmashkin

    Senior Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Deepto Charkrabarty

    Professor, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Michelle Tomasik

    Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Analia Barrantes

    Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    George Stephans

    Senior Research Scientist, Laboratory for Nuclear Science

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Anna Frebel

    Silverman Family Career Development Professor

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    2. Classes Start:

      Sep 19, 2018
    3. Classes End:

    4. Estimated Effort:

      12 hours per week
    5. Length:

      6 weeks
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