In our highly technological society, it is useful to have a basic understanding of the how and why the world works the way it does: that’s what physics is all about. It also involves a touch of history, a bit of mathematics, and many everyday examples. Before starting this course, you are recommended to have the following equivalent mathematical knowledge:
• Calculus • Elementary statistics • Trigonometry • Sine and Cosine graphs • Algebra
Physics is concerned with every aspect of our universe, and in Basic Physics you will explore 4 main areas: Motion, Waves & Sound, Electricity & Magnetism, and Light. You will gain some valuable insight into these topics, and be able to make simple calculations and predictions.
What will I learn?
The important quantities that describe motion: position, velocity, acceleration
How to analyse the causes of motion using Newton’s Laws of Motion
What the relationship is between force and energy
How to understand the properties of waves, including a mathematical description
How to understand sound and light in terms of their wave nature
How waves overlap and interfere, and how this applies to some musical instruments
Why a siren changes pitch as it moves past you
The general properties of electric and magnetic fields
How to understand the motion of charge as an electric current, and its application in simple circuits
How to determine the forces on charges and currents from magnetic fields
Key steps in the development of our understanding of light
How to use the basic principles of reflection and refraction to understand the behaviour of lenses and mirrors
An insight into the unusual and unexpected properties of light that are simultaneously wave-like and particle-like
This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments.
If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.
Where could this lead me?
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MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.