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    4 Weeks
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Prerequisites

Calculus, Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics, Mechanics: Momentum and Energy, Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics

About this course

This is the fourth of a series of four modules that cover calculus-based mechanics. You will explore simple harmonic motion through springs and pendulums. This short course will culminate in the ability to use the Taylor Formula to approximate a variety of other situations as simple harmonic motion. 

The modules are based on material in MIT's Physics I, which is required for all MIT undergraduates, and is being offered as an XSeries on edX. Please visit the Introductory Mechanics XSeries Program Page to learn more and to enroll in all four modules.

To understand the material in this course you should have taken Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics, Mechanics: Momentum and Energy, and  Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics.

What you'll learn

  • The behavior of systems undergoing simple harmonic motion
  • How to approximate small oscillations 

Meet your instructors

Peter Dourmashkin
Senior Lecturer, Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Deepto Chakrabarty
Professor, Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michelle Tomasik
Lecturer, Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Analia Barrantes
Lecturer, Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aidan MacDonagh
Technical Instructor in Digital Learning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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