This short course is intended for the high-school students who have taken an introductory-level physics course, acquired some background in Mechanics and intend to take a more advanced course – for instance, AP Physics C. The course helps the students refresh and strengthen their fluency with the mathematical tools and the fundamental topics in Mechanics: Kinematics, Newton’s laws and Laws of Conservation. The last unit of the course contains a comprehensive Final Exam. The students who completed this mini-course will be well-prepared to tackle more advanced course material in the fall.
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Do I need to buy a textbook?
Generally, no. Having access to an introductory-level physics textbook would be useful; however, the course will refer you to various free online resources if you need to review a particular concept.
Do I need to know Calculus to take this course?
No. You will need Calculus for your actual AP Physics C course but not for this course.
Will this course prepare me for the AP Physics C (Mechanics) Exam?
No. The purpose of the course is to help you achieve success in the AP Physics C (Mechanics) course that you will be taking at your school. We also recommend that you check out edX course Advanced Introductory Classical Mechanics that covers all the topics of AP Physics C (Mechanics) course and can serve as an excellent supplementary or a standalone course for those interested in preparing for the AP Exam in that discipline.
Does it cost anything to take this course?
No. The course is completely free. However, if you want to obtain a verified certificate, there is a small fee involved.
Who is the strange-looking guy who seems to be falling off his pedestal in the photo above the course title?
This monument, found in a small medieval French town of Yvoire on the shore of Lake Geneva, is meant to depict the famous Higgs Boson, discovered at CERN in 2012. No, not Higgs –Higgs Boson. Really. The CERN people all agree that the resemblance is striking.
EdX est une plateforme d'apprentissage en ligne (dite FLOT ou MOOC). Elle héberge et met gratuitement à disposition des cours en ligne de niveau universitaire à travers le monde entier. Elle mène également des recherches sur l'apprentissage en ligne et la façon dont les utilisateurs utilisent celle-ci. Elle est à but non lucratif et la plateforme utilise un logiciel open source.
EdX a été fondée par le Massachusetts Institute of Technology et par l'université Harvard en mai 2012. En 2014, environ 50 écoles, associations et organisations internationales offrent ou projettent d'offrir des cours sur EdX. En juillet 2014, elle avait plus de 2,5 millions d'utilisateurs suivant plus de 200 cours en ligne.
Les deux universités américaines qui financent la plateforme ont investi 60 millions USD dans son développement. La plateforme France Université Numérique utilise la technologie openedX, supportée par Google.