PHYS 101.2x: Mechanics, Part 2

  • Course StartSeptember 23, 2019
  • Course Duration6 weeks
  • Workload4-6 hours per week
  • Credit OfferededX Verified Certificate
  • Tuition$169

Learn to use equations and graphs to describe the position, velocity, and acceleration of an object.

Course Description

The course begins with kinematics, where you will learn to use equations and graphs to describe the position, velocity, and acceleration of an object, and how those quantities are related through calculus. You will then learn how forces affect motion through Newton’s Laws, and how to understand and calculate several different forces, including gravitational, normal force, drag force, and friction force. The concept of energy will be covered, including kinetic energy, potential energy, and how they are affected by work. You will learn how to use the conservation of energy to solve motion problems. Finally, momentum, another “quantity of motion” will be described. You will learn how to calculate momentum, about its relationship to Newton’s laws, and how to use it to solve motion problems, including collisions.

This course is valuable preparation for the equivalent on-campus course, or as supplementary material.

Course Workload:

  • 5 Learning Sequences, each with about 1.5 hours of lecture material and conceptual questions
  • Weekly homework problems with solutions
  • A final exam


Secondary school (high school) algebra and trigonometry.  Calculus is needed but can be learned concurrently.

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Dr. Jason Hafner

Professor of Physics, Astronomy and Chemistry Rice University Jason Hafner earned his PhD from Rice University in 1998 under Richard Smalley for work on carbon nanotubes, and pursued postdoctoral studies at Harvard University with Charles Lieber. Dr. Hafner is currently a Professor of Physics and Astronomy and of Chemistry at Rice, as well as an […]

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