Physics Essentials 1
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Physics Essentials 1

Understand fundamental laws of forces and how to apply them to problem solving.
3.5 (70 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
12,553 students enrolled
Created by Brian Apodaca
Last updated 1/2014
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Learn Newton's Three Laws
Apply Newton's Three Laws to Problems
Learn 4 Step Process to Solve Problems
View Curriculum
  • Basic Algebra
  • Basic Geometry
  • A little bit of knowledge about vectors


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
Who is the target audience?
  • Students
  • Anyone
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Curriculum For This Course
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About the Course
6 Lectures 01:46

An overview of the course and whats covered


Further Resources Beyond this Course

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

Problem Solving Strategy
1 page

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.

List of Problems
16 pages

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

The Big Picture

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

Quick Study Guide (NOT COMPLETE)- Questions/Answers
6 pages
Newton's First Law
5 Lectures 13:03

A definition of newtons first law

Newton's First Law - recap
2 pages

Examining a force and constant motion

Force of Constant Motion

Looking at the weight of an object

Mass and Weight

Comparing two race cars in constant motion

Two Race Cars

Three blocks connected

Three Connected Blocks

First Law Concept Quiz
4 questions
Newton's Second Law
7 Lectures 38:10

A definition of newtons second law

Newton's Second Law - recap
2 pages

Understanding two forces on a body

Two Force Body

What the weight of a person is in an elevator

Weight in Moving Elevator

Understanding an incline plane

Inclined Plane

A problem involving a force being applied to an object

Pushing A Crate

Breaking down a force that is applied at an angle

Force at an Angle

Understanding velocity graphs

Velocity Graph
Newton's Third Law
3 Lectures 07:18

A difinition of newtons third law

Newton's Third Law- recap
2 pages

Creating a Free Body Diagram

Free Body Diagram

Looking at the normal force of an object

Normal Force
Circular Motion
0 Lectures 00:00
Interactive Forces
1 Lecture 00:00

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

Forces and Motion Activity
2 Lectures 00:11
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.

Key Terms to Know

Some questions to test and stretch your knowlege of forces

Concept Review
6 questions
2 Lectures 00:29

Wrapping up the course and other thoughts

Wrapping it Up

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

Course Review
About the Instructor
Brian Apodaca
4.1 Average rating
798 Reviews
49,792 Students
5 Courses
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.