How Things Work 1

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Designed for non-science students, this course is a practical introduction to physics and science in everyday life. It considers objects from the world around us, identifying and exploring the scientific concepts upon which they're based. Because it starts with objects and looks within them for science, it is the reverse of a traditional physics class. Instead of the usual principle-driven physics class, How Things Work is case-study physics. In this pilot semester of How Things Work, we will explore the basic laws of motion in the context of six familiar objects or activities: (1) Skating, (2) Falling Balls, (3) Ramps, (4) Seesaws, (5) Wheels, and (6) Bumper Cars. Despite their simplicity, these topics will bring us in contact with some of the most important concepts in physics, including inertia, energy, and momentum. **This course is self-paced**. You can **begin anytime** and proceed at whatever speed you like. Although... Designed for non-science students, this course is a practical introduction to physics and science in everyday life. It considers objects from the world around us, identifying and exploring the scientific concepts upon which they're based. Because it starts with objects and looks within them for science, it is the reverse of a traditional physics class. Instead of the usual principle-driven physics class, How Things Work is case-study physics. In this pilot semester of How Things Work, we will explore the basic laws of motion in the context of six familiar objects or activities: (1) Skating, (2) Falling Balls, (3) Ramps, (4) Seesaws, (5) Wheels, and (6) Bumper Cars. Despite their simplicity, these topics will bring us in contact with some of the most important concepts in physics, including inertia, energy, and momentum. **This course is self-paced**. You can **begin anytime** and proceed at whatever speed you like. Although it typically takes about six weeks, you can finish it in three months or three days. With students ranging in age from 7 to 80+, there is little reason to follow a conventional academic schedule. This course should fit your lifestyle, not the other way around. **Subtitles are now available in more than 13 languages**, with many translations prepared by volunteers from the course. Those translations are complete in **Chinese** and **French**, and nearly complete in **German**, **Hebrew**, **Japanese**, and **Spanish**. Other languages include: Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Urdu. [这些事情是如何运作的 1](http://rabi.phys.virginia.edu/translations/Chinese/HowThingsWork1zh.htm)
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Mabel Morgan

8/10 starsTaking Now
4 months, 3 weeks ago
It is a disgrace that you cannot get the quiz answers without paying for the course. It's just terrible. While the overall content is great and the lectures are engaging, it's simply wrong that you don't provide people the opportunity to check their learning. It's poor form.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
Covers some fundamental concepts in physics that provide a working understanding of a lot of systems in the natural world, such as see-saws, footballs, furniture, cars etc. Provided some excellent insights into the nature of motion. An ideal introduction to the subject.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 28 reviews
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5 years, 9 months ago
An easy and funny course about how some things actually works.It is a alternative physics course without the maths and the equations.It stays in the concept idea and with real examples,professor trying to explain things. Nice course,i enjoyed it even though i had good prior knowledge to the physics involved.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 12 reviews
  • 11 completed
6 years, 3 months ago
no prior experience in this area. The class was fun and the professor was great and engaging with the audience. Great use of real life experience to explain topic. I never thought that physics was so easy to understand and learn. I think that anyone could take this course and understand it, It was presented in a very easy to understand format I liked everything about the course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 2 months ago
Fantastic experience. Professor Lou Bloomfield is a brilliant teacher, very good at explaining physics in a way anyone can understand, my grandad took the course at the same time as me and thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Will definitely take any future class from Lou.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 2 months ago
I've never taken a physics class. This course was excellent and I highly recommend it. The teacher explained things very well with lots of enthusiasm. The visual aids really helped get the concepts down. Very easy to understand and interesting too. The presentations were very well planned and presented. I look forward to taking more classes from this professor.
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2 years, 8 months ago
For a non-science person, this was a great class. Those who are more scientifically oriented will probably find it too basic. However, for bringing science to a larger mass audience, it's hard to beat Professor Bloomfield's exuberance..
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6 years, 2 months ago
A brief introduction to Newtonian mechanics built around everyday objects. It was a highly enjoyable course with a wonderful instructor. Everybody who has not had a lot of exposure to physics yet can jump right in with this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 4 reviews
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6 years, 3 months ago
My favourite Coursera course so far. Let me first state that I am not a "science" person - as soon as I was aboe to in my schooling, I dropped all science classes. Prof Bloomfield is a wonderful teacher who is obviously very passionate about physics and keen to share that passion with students. Loved the demonstrations of the various physics concepts - that helped it all make sense in ways my schoolteachers never did. Would highly recommend this to anyone with a fear of physics. If Prof Bloomfield creates more of these courss, I will be the first to sign up!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 3 months ago
I had previously taken a physics class in high school before, and I was constantly bored during class; however this course was very engaging, very interesting, and it really taught me how to love physics. I learned a lot about the conceptual side of physics, because the course doesn't really teach equations. It definitely exceeded my expectations.
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6/10 starsDropped
  • 20 reviews
  • 17 completed
6 years, 4 months ago
The course is very basic, at least for my taste. The guy speaks clearly and is engaging, and the topics are presented first simply and then more technically, so it might be interesting for others.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
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6 years, 5 months ago
Usually I don't think it's such a good idea to comment on courses that have just started but this one seems to be such a gem - even among the general high quality of coursera courses - that I thought I might make an exception. Prof. Bloomfield teaches the basics of physics with such an enthusiasm, such physical effort and is in the process so incredibly entertaining that I just have to recommend this course to everyone who has even the slightest interest in the topic. There is no prior knowledge required, grades are based on weekly quizzes. Enroll, watch and enjoy :-)
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