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Course Summary

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.

Why Take This Course?

This unique class gives you the chance to see the sites where physics history was made and learn some of the subject's most captivating concepts.

Prerequisites and Requirements

This course is suitable for anyone; a basic understanding of algebra is suggested.

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

What Will I Learn?

Syllabus

Lesson 1: How can we measure the circumference of the Earth?

Basics of geometry and trigonometry

Lesson 2: How do objects move?

Data analysis and kinematics

Lesson 3: What causes motion?

Forces, acceleration, and Newton’s Laws

Lesson 4: How can we use motion?

Work, energy, and simple machines

Lesson 5: How can we determine our longitude at sea?

Simple harmonic motion

Lesson 6: What is electricity?

Charge and electric fields

Lesson 7: What is left to discover?

Modern physics and open questions

Instructors & Partners

Andy Brown is a Lead Instructor at Udacity. He has a degree in physics from MIT, and has devoted his time after graduating to teaching and learning. Since joining Udacity in 2012, Andy has helped design dozens of classes. He loves exploring this new educational medium by creating innovative and engaging courses. When he’s not figuring out the best ways to transform minds, you can find Andy on his bike or in his car, exploring the amazing experiences that his new California home has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course begin?

This class is self paced. You can begin whenever you like and then follow your own pace. It’s a good idea to set goals for yourself to make sure you stick with the course.

How long will the course be available?

This class will always be available!

How do I know if this course is for me?

Take a look at the “Class Summary,” “What Should I Know,” and “What Will I Learn” sections above. If you want to know more, just enroll in the course and start exploring.

Can I skip individual videos? What about entire lessons?

Yes! The point is for you to learn what YOU need (or want) to learn. If you already know something, feel free to skip ahead. If you ever find that you’re confused, you can always go back and watch something that you skipped.

How much does this cost?

It’s completely free! If you’re feeling generous, we would love to have you contribute your thoughts, questions, and answers to the course discussion forum.

What are the rules on collaboration?

Collaboration is a great way to learn. You should do it! The key is to use collaboration as a way to enhance learning, not as a way of sharing answers without understanding them.

Why are there so many questions?

Udacity classes are a little different from traditional courses. We intersperse our video segments with interactive questions. There are many reasons for including these questions: to get you thinking, to check your understanding, for fun, etc... But really, they are there to help you learn. They are NOT there to evaluate your intelligence, so try not to let them stress you out.

What should I do while I’m watching the videos?

Learn actively! You will retain more of what you learn if you take notes, draw diagrams, make notecards, and actively try to make sense of the material.