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Mechanics Courses

Take free online courses in mechanics from top schools and institutions including MIT, Georgetown and the University of Tokyo. Study quantum mechanics, rotational dynamics, kinematics and more.

What is Mechanics?

Mechanics is the study of motion and forces on physical objects and their surroundings. Classical mechanics is based on Isaac Newton’s laws of motion and has many sub-disciplines including kinematics, dynamics, statics, hydraulics and biomechanics. Quantum mechanics is concerned with the energy of motion and forces on an atomic scale and includes nuclear physics, particle physics and matrix mechanics.

Online Mechanics Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to mechanics with online courses from major universities and institutions including MIT, Rice and Georgetown. Edx offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about classical and quantum mechanics, quantum theory, dynamics, kinematics and more in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in mechanics courses. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course. Get started in mechanics with one the following courses or programs.

Rice University offers a 6-week, self-paced online course that will introduce you the fundamental concepts in mechanics. Learn how to use calculus and graphs to describe the position, acceleration and velocity of an object and gain an understanding of Newton’s Laws of motion. Learn about gravitational and other forces as well as kinetic and potential energy. This course is perfect for students that want to prepare for a college-level physics course.

For advanced mechanics, explore multiple courses from MIT that cover rotational dynamics, momentum, energy, quantum physics, deformable structures and more. MIT has created a series of courses in calculus-based mechanics that will provide you with in-depth study of rotational motion, angular momentum, resistive forces and momentum. Note that in most cases, online courses are still available for self-paced study even after the course has ended.

Explore these and other free online mechanics courses. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.