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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 11 hours of videos and assessments...

English

Subtitles: Arabic, French, Portuguese (European), Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Simplified), Greek, Italian, Korean, German, Urdu, Russian, English, Hebrew, Spanish, Hindi, Japanese...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Course Introduction

1 video (Total 5 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 readings
Suggested Readings10m
Translations10m
1 practice exercise
Preliminary Assessment42m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Skating

7 videos (Total 49 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
Why Does a Motionless Skater Tend to Remain Motionless?9m
Why Does a Moving Skater Tend to Continue Moving?4m
How Can We Describe the Fluid, Effortless Motion of a Coasting Skater?8m
How Does a Skater Start, Stop, or Turn?16m
Why Does a Skater Need Ice or Wheels in Order to Skate?4m
Skating Summary1m
1 practice exercise
Skating20m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Falling Balls

8 videos (Total 111 min), 1 quiz
8 videos
Why Does a Dropped Ball Fall Downward?4m
How Differently do Different Balls Fall?14m
How Would a Ball Fall on the Moon?9m
How Does a Falling Ball Move After it is Dropped?24m
How Can a Ball Move Upward and Still be Falling?21m
How Does a Ball's Horizontal Motion Affect its Fall?25m
Falling Balls Summary3m
1 practice exercise
Falling Balls20m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Ramps

7 videos (Total 85 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
Why Doesn't a Wagon Fall Through a Sidewalk?11m
Why Does a Sidewalk Perfectly Support a Wagon?7m
How Does a Wagon Move as You Let it Roll Freely on a Ramp?12m
Why is it More Exhausting to Lift a Wagon Up Than to Lower a Wagon Down?29m
Why is it Easier to Pull a Wagon Up a Ramp Than to Lift it Up a Ladder?14m
Ramps Summary3m
1 practice exercise
Ramps20m
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Top reviews from How Things Work: An Introduction to Physics

By MMSep 18th 2015

A brilliant teacher makes a course easy, makes you wish learning his lessons without too much effort from your side, this being the case here, I really enjoy this course and I find it useful.

By COct 28th 2018

The course was simple and easy to follow! I enjoyed Professor Bloomfield's teaching very much! I definitely would recommend it for anyone who is curious about the basic principles of science!

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Louis A. Bloomfield

Professor of Physics

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