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Physics - Introduction to Advanced Learning Path

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 well-rounded 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

  1. Physics - Motion, Speed and Time

    This course will first introduce you to the physics of motion, speed, and time. You will study scalars, which are quantities that are fully described by a magnitude or numerical value, while vectors are quantities that are fully described by both a magnitude and a direction. You will learn how to calculate average velocity or speed and how to solve for time. This course will also teach you how to derive displacement from time and velocity.

    Acceleration is an object's change of velocity with respect to time. This course will discuss acceleration with respect to velocity. You will study Newton's Three Laws of Motion, which indicate that first, every object in a state of uniform motion will remain in that state of motion unless an external force acts on it. Second, force equals mass times acceleration, and third, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

    The study of physics can help you strengthen your quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills, which are highly valuable in several areas beyond physics. This course will teach you how things work from first principles to help you gain a clearer knowledge and understanding of important topics in basic physics. So, check out this course today, and start learning more about the world you live in, for free.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  2. Physics - Introduction to Motion in Two Dimensions

    Calculating the 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 course begins by discussing the change in motion in two dimensions. You will learn to visualize vectors in 2 dimensions and look into projectile at an angle and projectile on an Incline.

    You will then study the different ways to determine the time in the air. This course will also discuss launching and landing on different elevations, total displacement for a projectile, total final velocity for a projectile, and correction to total final velocity for a projectile. You will look at a sample computation which will show you that the horizontal displacement is the amount of time in the air multiplied by the constant horizontal velocity.

    Upon completion of this course, you will gain a better understanding on how to break movement into its components, use the right-angled triangle and trigonometry to solve problems, learn how vectors plot against two dimensions, solve for one dimension using the other, solve to different elevations, and calculate variables for projectile on an incline. Sign up for this course now and start learning about the movement of objects in two dimensions.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  3. Physics - Advanced Motion in Two Dimensions

    This course begins by giving you an overview of advanced motion using two-dimensional vector. 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. You will study unit vectors and engineering notation as well as look into the famous Fenway Park in Boston and figure out what is the velocity needed for a batter to hit the ball, make it cross the Green Monster, and hit home run.

    You will then study the optimal angle for a projectile. You will learn that a vector is something that has a magnitude and direction while speed is just the magnitude of the velocity. You will learn how to solve for the vertical velocity or the vertical component of the velocity, the horizontal speed or the horizontal component, the magnitude of the horizontal component, and the optimal angle and distance using a bit of calculus.

    It is very interesting to know that you can plan for a specific outcome when hitting a golf ball or batting a ball. Upon completion of this course, you will have a better understanding of what a unit vector is used for and be able to break down a problem into individual components. You will also learn how to solve for any variable using trigonometry as well as for optimal height or distance. Check out this course and learn more about advanced motion in two dimensions today.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  4. 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 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 step-by-step 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.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  5. Physics - Kinematics through Practical Examples

    This course begins by introducing you to the concept of kinematics which is the study of the movement and motion of objects. You will look at practical examples to help you gain a clear understanding of the kinematics principles and the importance of physics in solving real-world problems. You will learn how to calculate practical examples and problems related to movement, work through examples using formulas, calculate acceleration, velocity, displacement of a body, and use velocity-time graph to visualize data.

    You will then learn that race cars accelerate when cornering even if traveling at a constant speed as there is a change in direction. This course will also show you that the Airbus A380 has a takeoff velocity of 280 km/hour and that an FA-18 Hornet has a take-off speed of 260 km/hour from an aircraft carrier and needs an aircraft length of 80 meters. You will also learn that distance is the area under velocity-time line and that displacement can be calculated as the area under the curve in a velocity-time graph.

    In physics, the study of movement and the motion of objects is called kinematics which is a branch of mechanics. The study of the motion of objects focuses on topics such as acceleration, position, and velocity. Upon the completion of this course, you will better understand the movement of objects by looking at the real-world application of kinematics. Sign up now and see how science can help you answer real-world questions.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  6. 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 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 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.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  7. Advanced Physics 1

    An electric system consists of all of the elements needed to distribute electrical power. This course will first introduce you to current, charge, and voltage. You will study how electrons from a voltage or current flow on circuits and how capacitors store an electrical charge. You will also study the three types of transducers and how they convert energy from one form to another. The course will then discuss the two types of current, the properties of magnets, and Faraday's law of magnetic induction.

    You will then explore sound and study electromagnetic waves and mechanical waves. You will study the wave equation which is the mathematical relationship between the speed of a wave, its wavelength, and frequency. Next, you will learn about sound diffraction, which is the bending of sound as it travels through an aperture or past an obstacle. Finally, you will study the intensity of sound and speed of sound and learn that sound waves travel fastest through solids.

    Physics can be a difficult subject to study, and it's quite likely that there have been days when you weren't really listening to your professor teach in class. This course will stitch together the missing pieces and help you understand the main concepts of physics at your own pace and time. And with so much to learn, from the nature of sound, magnetic and standing waves, to the speed of sound and its importance, why not check out the course today and start getting ahead, for free.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  8. Advanced Physics 2

    Motion is the act of changing location or position. This course will first discuss the normal reaction, force, and acceleration relative to motion. It will also cover collisions, constant and vertical circular motion, and centripetal force. You will then study projectile motion with and without air resistance, momentum, impulse, force, and time. You will also look into kinetic, elastic and potential energies, and the conservation of energy. You will also study Kepler's law and review circular and elliptical orbits, and the velocity of satellites.

    Gravity has been defined as the force by which a planet or other body draws objects toward its center. This course will give you an overview of gravity. You will study weightlessness, apparent weight, and how to calculate the apparent weight. You will look into Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation and energy transfers in space including their graphical representation. This course will also cover Hooke's law, the wave-like nature of light, the photoelectric effect, the Emission and absorption spectra, and electric fields and the electron.

    Physics plays a hugely important role in science. When you take this course, you will be able to look deeply into Newton's law, Kepler's law, and Hooke's law as well as understand the different types of forces such as gravitational force, normal force, friction force, and net force. You will also learn about the center of mass, the weight of an object, and more! So, check out this course today and learn more about the fascinating subject of physics.

    2-3 Hours
    50 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.



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