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Rice University

Physics 101 - Forces and Kinematics

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This first course serves as an introduction to the physics of force and motion. 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 1D Kinematics, 2D Kinematics, and Newton's Laws. 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.


  • 1D Kinematics
    • Here you will be introduced to the course (Section 0), and then we will cover the concepts you need for mathematical and graphical descriptions of uniform and accelerated motion in one dimension.
  • 2D Kinematics
    • The application of kinematics to motion in two dimensions, including practice with vector analysis.
  • Newton's Laws
    • How forces affect motion, and the nature of several common forces in mechanics: gravitational, normal, friction, damping, tension, and fictitious.
  • Forces and Kinematics 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.

Taught by

Jason Hafner


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  • Anonymous
    The professor is amazing in his explanations. Gives demonstrations for all of the concepts and will also put your college physics professor to shame.

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