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Rice University

Physics 101 - Energy and Momentum

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This second course serves as an introduction to the physics of mechanical energy and momentum. Upon completion, learners will understand how mathematical laws and conservation principles describe the motions and interactions of objects around us. Learners will gain experience in solving physics problems with tools such as graphical analysis, algebra, vector analysis, and calculus. This first course covers Energy, Translational Momentum, Collisions, Statics, and Elasticity. Each of the three 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 at Rice. It will thoroughly prepare learners for their upcoming introductory physics courses or more advanced courses in physics.


  • Energy
    • A new approach mechanics: tracking a quantity that describes the ability to do work.
  • Momentum and Collisions
  • Statics and Elasticity
  • Energy and Momentum EXAM
    • This module contains the exam that covers Forces and Kinematics. The style is very similar to the homework problems sets, except you must complete it on your own.

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Jason Hafner


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