About the Program
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 will learn?
- Forces and Free Body Diagrams
- Circular Motion
- Torque and Rotational Dynamics
- Simple Harmonic Motion
Courses in Program
- Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics
- Mechanics: Momentum and Energy
- Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics
- Mechanics: Simple Harmonic Motion
- Deepto Chakrabarty Professor, Physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Anna Frebel Silverman Family Career Development Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- George Stephans Senior Research Scientist, Laboratory for Nuclear Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Aidan MacDonagh Technical Instructor in Digital Learning Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Peter Dourmashkin Senior Lecturer, Physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Analia Barrantes Lecturer, Physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Michelle Tomasik Lecturer, Physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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