# Introduction to Mechanics Specialization

Understand the Physics of Mechanics and Motion. This specialization is equivalent to a one semester calculus-based introductory mechanics course, and will prepare you well for further coursework or independent study in science or engineering.

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### What you will learn

How to describe motion graphically mathematically.

The nature of forces and how they influence motion.

How to use energy and momentum to solve mechanics problems.

Interactions and energies of gravitational interactions.

### Skills you will gain

## About this Specialization

## Applied Learning Project

The courses include conceptual lecture questions, computational homework problems, and comprehensive exams. These will build your skills in using mathematical tools (trigonometry, vector analysis, and calculus) to calculate and/or estimate needed parameters in real-world problems.

Learners need a good understanding of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Familiarity with basic calculus is helpful, but not required.

Learners need a good understanding of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Familiarity with basic calculus is helpful, but not required.

### There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

### Physics 101 - Forces and Kinematics

This course serves as an introduction to the physics of force and motion. Upon completion, learners will have an understanding of how mathematical laws and conservation principles describe the motions and interactions of objects all around us. They will gain experience in solving physics problems with tools such as graphical analysis, algebra, vector analysis, and calculus. The course follows the typical progression of topics of a first-semester university physics course: Kinematics, Newton’s Laws, Energy, and Momentum. Each of five modules contains reading links to a free textbook, complete video lectures, conceptual quizzes, and a set of homework problems. Once the modules are completed, the course ends with an exam. With 100 brief lectures and over 100 problems, this comprehensive course is similar in detail and rigor to those taught on-campus. It will thoroughly prepare learners for their upcoming introductory physics courses, or more advanced courses in physics.

### Physics 101 - Energy and Momentum

This course serves as an introduction to the physics of energy and momentum. Upon completion, learners will have an understanding of how mathematical laws and conservation principles describe the motions and interactions of objects all around us. They will gain experience in solving physics problems with tools such as graphical analysis, algebra, vector analysis, and calculus. The course follows the typical progression of topics of a first-semester university physics course: Kinematics, Newton’s Laws, Energy, and Momentum. Each of five modules contains reading links to a free textbook, complete video lectures, conceptual quizzes, and a set of homework problems. Once the modules are completed, the course ends with an exam. With 100 brief lectures and over 100 problems, this comprehensive course is similar in detail and rigor to those taught on-campus. It will thoroughly prepare learners for their upcoming introductory physics courses, or more advanced courses in physics.

### Physics 101 - Rotational Motion and Gravitation

This course serves as an introduction to the physics of rotational motion and gravitation. Upon completion, learners will have an understanding of how mathematical laws and conservation principles describe the motions and interactions of objects all around us. They will gain experience in solving physics problems with tools such as graphical analysis, algebra, vector analysis, and calculus. The course is the third course in the Physics 101 specialization, which follows the typical progression of topics of a first-semester university physics course: Kinematics, Newton’s Laws, Energy, and Momentum. Each of the modules contains reading links to a free textbook, complete video lectures, conceptual quizzes, and a set of homework problems. Once the modules are completed, the course ends with an exam. This comprehensive course is similar in detail and rigor to those taught on-campus. It will thoroughly prepare learners for their upcoming introductory physics courses, or more advanced courses in physics.

### Offered by

#### Rice University

Rice University is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the U.S. and the top 100 in the world. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

## Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I take the course for free?

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Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?

This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

How long does it take to complete the Specialization?

The three courses combined are equivalent to one academic semester of study. The specialization will take 3-6 months to complete.

What background knowledge is necessary?

Learners need a good understanding of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Familiarity with basic calculus is helpful, but not required.

Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?

Not necessarily, but if you're looking for a complete introduction to mechanics, it is the order we recommend.

Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?

University credit is not available for this specialization.

What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?

You will gain a foundation in mechanics including motion, forces, energy, momentum, rotational motion, and gravitation.

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