Are you one of the millions of OCW visitors who’s enjoyed watching the amazing 8.01 Classical Mechanics videos by Walter Lewin on our site? Maybe you’ve explored the materials from one of our other versions of this first-semester physics course, including 8.01T—which uses the unique TEAL format—or 8.01SC, the self-paced independent learning version. These courses have helped a generation of learners to appreciate the subtle beauty of physics and see the range of ways that MIT teaches the subject.
But how well do you know mechanics, really? Do you feel confident you could actually solve classical mechanics problems on your own? This summer, MITx presents a new opportunity to learn how to think like a physicist, how to break problems down into manageable steps and focus on underlying principles rather than just formulas. Mechanics ReView, a new physics MOOC that starts June 1, is designed to give you the problem-solving skills to approach any classical mechanics problem.
Mechanics ReView was developed out of a three-week January review of classical mechanics offered to MIT students who struggled in 8.01 Classical Mechanics, and is designed for learners with a previous exposure to classical Newtonian mechanics. Students are taught a systematic approach to problem solving called SIM, for System, Interaction, and Model. SIM tells students to plan a solution based on explicitly picking a System, identifying the important Interactions, and selecting an appropriate core Model.
Don’t miss this chance to take your understanding of classical mechanics to a new level. For high school physics teachers, the course even offers continuing education credits though the American Association of Physics Teachers. Register now.