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How Things Work: An Introduction to Physics

University of Virginia via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Physics
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 2-4 hours a week
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  • Duration 8 weeks long
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An introduction to physics in the context of everyday objects.

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Louis A. Bloomfield

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4.7 Based on 23 reviews

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Anonymous
3.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Well presented, a high school level introduction to physics.

Only one try at quizzes (unusual for Coursera in my experience) meant the quizzes were not themselves learning experiences. To me that pressure to do it right the first time or lose forever made the course far less fun than most Coursera courses (and inconsistent with things learned in Gamification and other studies of motivation).
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Keith O
5.0 4 years ago
Keith completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This was an excellent course. The demonstrations are very supportive of the content. This course isn't just another dry lecture. Dr. Bloomfield tries to add some humor into his videos to help with the understanding.
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Maboroshi M
4.0 4 years ago
by Maboroshi completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Vivid experiments show lots of fun to make the lectures impressive. It's kind of the rudimentary course for physics but still contains some difficult concepts.
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Vicky P
5.0 3 years ago
by Vicky completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I wish I had this course when I was in secondary school. It explained physics in a more concrete and easy-to-grasp way than traditional teaching and I really appreciate the videos.
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Anonymous
4.0 5 years ago
pssGuy completed this course.
Title is bit misleading as it is really a physic course

for the non-scientist

Lots of practical examples
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I enjoyed this course. It helped me understand how some things around me work. :)
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Jamie P
5.0 4 years ago
Jamie completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course was one of the best courses I have ever done.

It related to the real world really well and made it easier to understand.

I looked forward to doing it every day.
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Ryan B
5.0 2 years ago
by Ryan completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course had a great Professor. Light hearted, good energy, explains basic concepts well. Good diction, good examples, easy to follow.
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