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Learn physics just like an MIT freshman

Learn physics just like an MIT freshman would in our Introductory Mechanics X-Series. This set of modules will take you through the full set of topics covered in the first semester of physics at MIT.

In the first module, you’ll explore the basic kinematic description of motion and the causes of motion—forces—and discuss more complex situations, such as a rocket whose mass depends on time, or the tension in a massive rope. Then you’ll learn to use energy (kinetic, potential) instead of forces to describe the same physics. Finally, we dive into more complicated topics such as angular momentum, torque, and rotational dynamics and end the series with a mathematical description of simple harmonic motion and use that to approximate the simple pendulum and other cases where we can approximate the potential function as a quadratic.

This series of courses requires the use of calculus, but many of the concepts will be reviewed as needed.

What you'll learn

  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Free Body Diagrams
  • Circular Motion
  • Energy
  • Torque and Rotational Dynamics
  • Simple Harmonic Motion

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From Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MITx via edX
Hours 388
Instructors Deepto Chakrabarty, Saif Rayyan, Peter Dourmashkin, Analia Barrantes, Michelle Tomasik, George Stephans, Anna Frebel, Aidan MacDonagh
Language English
Subjects Science

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From Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MITx via edX
Hours 388
Instructors Deepto Chakrabarty, Saif Rayyan, Peter Dourmashkin, Analia Barrantes, Michelle Tomasik, George Stephans, Anna Frebel, Aidan MacDonagh
Language English
Subjects Science

Careers

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Editor / Motion Graphics Artist $63k

Graphic Designer/Motion Artist/Animator $67k

On-Set Motion Picture Set Painter $75k

Art Director / Motion Designer $84k

Senior Sales Representative Positions with Rosemount, Micro Motion, Inc. $86k

Video Editor / Motion Graphics $89k

Motion Picture Film Printer $89k

Motion & Interaction Designer $90k

Interactive and Motion Designer $100k

Senior Team Motion Graphic Designer Lead $102k

Motion Solutions Engineer $111k

Motion Design Producer $160k

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