Physics Essentials 1

Understand fundamental laws of forces and how to apply them to problem solving.
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2013 English

Course Description


Why learn Physics?

Physics is the fundamental science of everything. It is used to understand the world around us and even inside our bodies. By understanding physics you are able to learn about mechanics, sound, light, electricity, heat, and atomic structures. It is important to understand the principles of physics and how to apply the methods and techniques to a variety of problems. Studying physics does not merely help you solve problems just for physics. A good understanding of principles in physics will help you to analyze problems, reason logically, and to discriminate between important and irrelevant concepts. Some of the benefits from taking this course to learn physics include:

  • Flexibility Learning
  • Learning by Watching and Doing
  • Gaining practice solving problems
  • Understand Problem Solving Process
What this course offers
  • Multiple Quiz Questions
  • Learning At Your Own Pace
  • Video Lessons
  • Exercise Files to Work With
  • Myself for Help
Topics Included
  • Newton's First Law
  • Newton's Second Law
  • Newton's Third Law
  • Free Body Diagrams
  • Applying Forces

What are the requirements?

  • Basic Algebra
  • Basic Geometry
  • A little bit of knowledge about vectors

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn Newton's Three Laws
  • Apply Newton's Three Laws to Problems
  • Learn 4 Step Process to Solve Problems

Who is the target audience?

  • Students
  • Anyone

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: About the Course

An overview of the course and whats covered

Further Resources Beyond this Course
1 page

A look at how to solve problems with physics. Always attempt to solve the problems yourself before reviewing the solution videos

16 pages

Collection of problems to be worked on in course. Please refer to these pages while reviewing the videos so you can clearly read the problem yourself and see the images of the situation set up. It may be helpful to attempt the problems ahead of time as well.


A presentation of what we are learning in course and its relation to physics.

6 pages

(NOT COMPLETE) This is a useful summary of the course concepts to help you quickly identify what is important.

Section 2: Newton's First Law
2 pages

A definition of newtons first law


Examining a force and constant motion


Looking at the weight of an object


Comparing two race cars in constant motion


Three blocks connected

First Law Concept Quiz
4 questions
Section 3: Newton's Second Law
2 pages

A definition of newtons second law


Understanding two forces on a body


What the weight of a person is in an elevator


Understanding an incline plane


A problem involving a force being applied to an object


Breaking down a force that is applied at an angle


Understanding velocity graphs

Section 4: Newton's Third Law
2 pages

A difinition of newtons third law


Creating a Free Body Diagram


Looking at the normal force of an object

Section 5: Circular Motion
Section 6: Interactive Forces

Use this activity to answer the questions in the supplemental material for this section.

Section 7: Review
Student Help

A set of flashcards that are useful to study as you progress. Some of these have been covered and others have not. Make sure you know all of these before progressing through further courses.

6 questions

Some questions to test and stretch your knowlege of forces

Section 8: Conclusion

Wrapping up the course and other thoughts


Provide some measureable feedback so that I can improve this course and future courses. Remember to also review the course within Udemy.

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Instructor Biography

Brian Apodaca, Engineer and Educator

My background is in engineering with an emphasis in physics. I have a passion for learning and teaching those that enjoy learning as much as I do. I am a jack of many trades and want to try to make the complex topics much easier to understand by focusing on the essential concepts. Many engineers might know this as the KISS Principle. So my goal is to avoid any unnecessary complexity in trying to convey essential topics to you. Learning from my mistakes and gaining the tricks that I have learned along the way will give you a great foundation and help you take that next step.

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