The boom in the science sector is creating an increasing demand for individuals with scientific knowledge. Physics knowledge, as one of the main science subjects, is vital in creating wellrounded scientific professionals. The physics learning path on Alison takes you from the basic principles of physics to more advanced theories. This learning path will benefit you if you are hoping to find work in the science sector, or wish to create a more comprehensive scientific knowledge. The Alison learning path in physics is a selection of courses which work from a basic understanding of physics to a more advanced level of comprehension. You will look at key elements of physics, such as motion, gravity, kinematics and force. For example, you will understand both the basic and advanced factors which influence motion. You will gain an understanding of gravity, including the difference between mass and weight. You will also look at calculations and formulae in the areas of kinematics and force.
Courses in this Learning Path

Physics  Motion, Speed and Time
Motion, speed and time are three fundamental concepts in basic physics and they are important building blocks for understanding more advanced topics.
This free online course introduces you to how distance, speed, time and mass are combined to give displacement, velocity, force and acceleration. Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion, which are the bedrock of much of our understanding of physics today, are also introduced and explained in a clear and concise manner. Along with explanations of the formulae used, a number of examples are worked through, giving a full understanding of the subject. References are also made as to how these formulae are used in realworld situations. By studying this course you will gain a clearer knowledge and understanding of important topics in basic physics.
This course will be of great interest to students who are studying physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and some medical sciences, and to students who wish to pursue a career in any of the sciences or engineering fields, and to the individual who wants to understand how the world around us works.
12 Hour50 Points 
Physics  Introduction to Motion in Two Dimensions
Calculating change in motion is a very important concept to master in physics. When change happens in one dimension it is relatively easy to calculate the variable. However, change rarely happens in just one direction so you need to learn how to manage more than one variable.
This free online physics course explains how to visually represent each change in a dimension as a vector so that it can be easily understood. You will learn how to add two vectors together and calculate all the relevant information for the resulting third vector. Working through various examples, including different elevations and inclines, you will learn how to solve for any variable through the use of the rightangled triangle and then use trigonometry and quadratic equations to calculate the relevant variables.
This free online physics course will be of great interest to students who are studying physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics and to any individual who wants to learn more about the movement of objects in two dimensions.
12 Hour50 Points 
Physics  Advanced Motion in Two Dimensions
Using vectors to study motion is a fundamental skill to have when studying physics. Vector quantities used to describe the physical world include displacement, velocity, acceleration, and force.
In this free online physics course the standard way to represent vectors and their axes as well as unit vector notation are explained in a clear and stepbystep manner. Examples show how to work out the angle or distance necessary to get the desired displacement. Using two known variables you will learn how to work through the process of calculating the remaining value, such as time in air or horizontal displacement using a variety of techniques.
This free online physics course will be of great interest to students who are studying physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and to students who wish to pursue a career in any of the sciences or engineering fields, and even the sportsperson who wants to plan for a specific outcome when hitting a golf ball or batting a ball.
12 Hour50 Points 
Physics  Gravity
Gravity is the force that keeps us on the ground and understanding how gravity works is very important as it has a great influence on the upward and downward movement of objects.
This free online course about gravity will explain Newton’s Second Law of Motion, the universal constant, which is used to work out the force of gravity throughout the universe. You will also learn what the effect of the earth's force of gravity, or little g as it is known, has on an object and why mass is not the same as weight. To fully understand gravity this course will take you stepbystep through the relevant formulas, showing you how to calculate velocity or distance based on time and then plot these changes so you will have a visual concept of what is happening.
This course will be of great interest to students who are studying physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and to students who wish to pursue a career in any of the sciences or engineering fields.
12 Hour50 Points 
Physics  Kinematics through Practical Examples
In physics the study of movement and the motion of objects is called kinematics and is a branch of mechanics. The study of the motion of objects focuses on topics such as acceleration, position and velocity.
In this free online course you will investigate the movement of objects by looking at the realworld application of kinematics. You will see how to answer interesting questions such as what distance does the Airbus A380 need for takeoff, how long it takes for an FA18 Hornet to take off from an aircraft carrier, and do race cars accelerate when cornering even if travelling at a constant speed. The course will walk you through a number of formulae, demystifying them by explaining and rearranging them in a clear and easy to understand way.
This course will be of great interest to students who are studying physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics, to students who wish to pursue a career in any of the sciences or engineering fields, and to the learner who wants to see how science can answer realworld questions.
12 Hour50 Points 
Physics  Normal and Contact Forces
Understanding the concept of force and the effects various forces have on objects are very important topics in physics. For example, when you try to move a heavy object it takes more effort to get it moving than to keep it moving because of gravity and the different types of friction involved.
In this free online physics course you will learn more about the force of gravity and its counterpart the normal force, and why some objects do not move even when they are on a slope. The force of friction is also discussed, including static and kinetic types, and as friction is dependent on types of the materials involved the course also looks at the coefficient of static friction relative to kinetic friction. Examples of each type of force are worked through giving the learner a clear insight into how forces work together and how to calculate their respective values.
This free online physics course will be of great interest to students who are studying physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics, to students who wish to pursue a career in any of the sciences or engineering fields, and to anybody wanting to understand the dynamics of moving objects on specific surfaces.
12 Hour50 Points 
Advanced Physics 1
This free online Physics course covers electronics, electric systems, magnets, sounds and transformers, and much more. It provides a comprehensive grounding in Physics and is ideal as a complement to regular classes, a study or revision aid, or as a resource for someone pursuing an interest in basic science.
23 Hours50 Points 
Advanced Physics 2
This free online tutorial reviews motion, electric fields, spectra, energy transfers, force, acceleration, gravity Newton's Laws, projectiles, light, and much, much more. This comprehensive grounding in Physics is ideal as a complement to regular classes, as a study and revision aid, and as a resource for someone pursuing an interest in basic science.
23 Hours50 Points
Complete!
Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Physics  Introduction to Advanced Learning Path Award.
All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.
You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.