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MIT Free Online Course on Mechanics

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

In this five-week course applicants will learn about momentum and energy in this calculus-based physics course. The course will start on November 1, 2017.

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Course At A Glance

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 10-12 hours per week
Subject: Physics
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edX
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course starts on November 1, 2017

Providers’ Details

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About This Course

This course is the second of a series of modules that cover calculus-based mechanics.  You will learn about the concepts of momentum, impulse, energy, and work, as well as the powerful idea of conservation laws. You will apply these concepts as powerful techniques to solve interesting mechanics problems such as collisions and rockets.

The complete series of modules is based on the MIT subject 8.01: Physics I, required of all MIT undergraduates.  The modules are:

  • Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Mechanics: Momentum and Energy
  • Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics

To understand the material in this course you should have taken Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Momentum and Impulse
  • Continuous Mass Flow
  • Work and Kinetic Energy
  • Potential Energy and Mechanical Energy
  • Collisions


High school physics, Calculus (on edX: Calculus 1A, Calculus 1B and Calculus 1C), Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics (8.01x.1)


Deepto Chakrabarty

Deepto Chakrabarty is Professor of Physics and Astrophysics Division Head in the Physics Department at MIT.

Saif Rayyan

Saif Rayyan is a lecturer in the Physics Department at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from Virginia Tech before switching his interests to teaching and to physics education research.

Peter Dourmashkin

Peter Dourmashkin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics at MIT. His research interests are in Mathematical Physics, Lie Group and Algebra Representation Theory.

Analia Barrantes

Analia Barrantes is a Physics Lecturer at the Experimental Study Group at MIT and is working in the development of pedagogical content for the freshmen physics courses on edX.

Michelle Tomasik

Michelle Tomasik is a postdoc in the Department of Physics at MIT where she currently works on developing online classes and assists with physics education research and teaching introductory physics.

George Stephans

George Stephans (PhD U Pennsylvania) is a Senior Research Scientist in the Laboratory for Nuclear Science and a Senior Lecturer in the Physics Department at MIT.

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