Free Online Course on Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free online course on Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics. This course is the third of a series of modules that cover calculus-based mechanics.

In this four week course, applicants will learn about rotational dynamics, rigid bodies and moment of inertia in this calculus-based physics course. The course will start on January 18, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort:  10-12 hours pw
Subject: Physics
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on January 18, 2017

Providers’ Details

Massachusetts Institute of Technology-a coeducational, privately endowed research university founded in 1861 — is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. Through MITx, the Institute furthers its commitment to improving education worldwide.

About This Course

This course is the third of a series of modules that cover calculus-based mechanics. You will explore rotational motion and learn about the concepts of torque and angular momentum. You will learn about the conservation of angular momentum, and use it with other conservation laws to solve complex problems in rotational dynamics.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Rigid Bodies and Moment of Inertia
  • Torque
  • Angular Momentum
  • Translation and Rotation


Deepto Chakrabarty, Professor, Physics

Saif Rayyan, Lecturer, Physics

Peter Dourmashkin, Senior Lecturer, Physics

Analia Barrantes, Lecturer, Physic

Michelle Tomasik, Postdoc, Physics

George Stephans, Senior Research Scientist, Laboratory for Nuclear Science

Anna Frebel, Silverman Family Career Development Professor


High school physics, Calculus (on edX: Calculus 1A, Calculus 1B and Calculus 1C) , Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics (8.01.1x), Mechanics: Energy and Momentum (8.01.2x)

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