PHYS 101.1x: Mechanics Part 1


Learn the physics of how things move with this calculus-based course in Mechanics!  PHYS101x serves as an introduction to mechanics following a standard first semester university physics course.  This course teaches fundamental concepts and mathematical problem solving required for all STEM fields. It serves learners as valuable preparation for the equivalent on-campus course, or as supplementary material.

Part 1 covers translational motion:

  • Kinematics
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Momentum and Collisions

Part 2 continues with rotational motion.

By the end of the course, you’ll learn:

  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Energy and momentum
  • Conservation laws
  • How to apply vector analysis and calculus to solve physics problems

Course Workload

The course includes:

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


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