Intro to Physics

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Udacity online courses
Udacity gives students the opportunity to create hands-on projects that can be put into their portfolios and used to demonstrate their skills to future employers. You'll have a personal coach who helps provide feedback on your assignments and projects to assist you in reaching your goals and staying on track in your online classes. Throughout your education experience, you'll be able to track your development, complete in-class projects, have access to interactive exercises and videos and ...
Udacity gives students the opportunity to create hands-on projects that can be put into their portfolios and used to demonstrate their skills to future employers. You'll have a personal coach who helps provide feedback on your assignments and projects to assist you in reaching your goals and staying on track in your online classes. Throughout your education experience, you'll be able to track your development, complete in-class projects, have access to interactive exercises and videos and earn a verified certificate at the end of the course as proof of all that you've learned. You'll be learning from knowledgeable professors across various schools and parts of the globe. Learn about computer science from Dave Evans, an instructor at the University of Virginia, or delve into app development with Samantha Ready, a Developer Evangelist at Salesforce.com.

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Study physics abroad in Europe -- virtually! Learn the basics of physics on location in Italy, the Netherlands and the UK, by answering some of the discipline's major questions from over the last 2000 years.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 10 months ago
I hadn't planned to take a physics class, but I got hooked after checking out the first few videos of this one. I love the way the instructor, Andy Brown, starts each unit off with a big question inspired by a historical discovery from around the world. It gives you a great sense of motivation as you learn how the great thinkers of the past made their breakthroughs, and how you too can solve seemingly impossible problems. I already took physics long ago in high school, so for me, this course served to reignite my interest in the subject. You don't need to have taken physics before, but you must be quite comfortable with algebra and fairly comfortable with geometry. Although trigonometry is explained in the course, I suspect you'll find it tough going if you haven't previously been exposed to it. Most of the time, the class seems intended for someone who has never taken physics at all, but sometimes it moves too quickly through variou... I hadn't planned to take a physics class, but I got hooked after checking out the first few videos of this one. I love the way the instructor, Andy Brown, starts each unit off with a big question inspired by a historical discovery from around the world. It gives you a great sense of motivation as you learn how the great thinkers of the past made their breakthroughs, and how you too can solve seemingly impossible problems. I already took physics long ago in high school, so for me, this course served to reignite my interest in the subject. You don't need to have taken physics before, but you must be quite comfortable with algebra and fairly comfortable with geometry. Although trigonometry is explained in the course, I suspect you'll find it tough going if you haven't previously been exposed to it. Most of the time, the class seems intended for someone who has never taken physics at all, but sometimes it moves too quickly through various equations instead of reiterating the ideas behind them. They sometimes neglect to give you enough practice with each new technique, particularly later in the class. I found myself stymied by a number of homework problems in Week 5 & 6\. Another annoyance is the lack of notes or at least a list of equations. It takes too long to rewatch the videos looking for a certain equation, so I would end up searching on the web or going to the discussion forums. Luckily, if all else fails, you can always watch the solution videos if you get stuck and then give the questions another try. If you're new to physics you'll probably have to check the answers a few times, but that's okay. I hope Udacity will consider making an expanded version of this course that covers some of the issues in more depth and gives students a bit more practice with each concept. I'm very glad for this quick intro, though!
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
This was one of the best MOOCs I have experienced. The instructor has done a great job in curating the content and exercises. This also introduced me to Udacity which seems to have a winning format. I hope they site maintains this level of quality now that they are expanding to nanodegrees
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6 years, 11 months ago
As a physics educator in high school, the only reason I take this course is I would like to learn methods of presentation on the subject from others. I really like the way of presentation of the instructor Andy Brown, especially in the first half of the course. It is clear and well paced for a new learner, so I am going to implement some of his presentations in my future. Also, every video segment is only about 2 minutes long, so it can keep people attentive. However, I do not quite recommend real new learner to take his class. One of the reason is many problems in the problem sets are too difficult for new learners, so it is not very good for the learners to develop problem solving skills, which is, in my opinion, the most important part of physics education. For example, I don't think a problem on escape velocity is appropriate at this level. In conclusion, I believe in the planning, the target audience of this course is those who ... As a physics educator in high school, the only reason I take this course is I would like to learn methods of presentation on the subject from others. I really like the way of presentation of the instructor Andy Brown, especially in the first half of the course. It is clear and well paced for a new learner, so I am going to implement some of his presentations in my future. Also, every video segment is only about 2 minutes long, so it can keep people attentive. However, I do not quite recommend real new learner to take his class. One of the reason is many problems in the problem sets are too difficult for new learners, so it is not very good for the learners to develop problem solving skills, which is, in my opinion, the most important part of physics education. For example, I don't think a problem on escape velocity is appropriate at this level. In conclusion, I believe in the planning, the target audience of this course is those who want a "general education" course, however, it seems to me that it looks like more a real "intro to physics" course in college, but it lacks breadth and sometimes takes too deep into a subject. I would say it is too difficult for a general education class but too easy for a real physics class.
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7 years, 4 months ago
I was a physics major my first semester in college, so I had learned this material before - twenty years ago. This class was a nice refresher of classical mechanics, and helped me a lot when I took Introduction to Astronomy at Coursera. I think it would serve equally well as a "prefresher", if you have a required introductory physics class that you want to be well-prepared for. If you have a good grasp of algebra, you should be able to complete this class. The lectures are engaging, and are broken up into very small, easy-to- digest chunks.
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