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196 USD/full
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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Introductory Mechanics programme in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MITx.


Learn physics just like an MIT freshman would in the Introductory Mechanics X-Series. This set of modules offered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MITx will take you through the full set of topics covered in the first semester of physics at MIT.

In the first module, you’ll explore the basic kinematic description of motion and the causes of motion—forces—and discuss more complex situations, such as a rocket whose mass depends on time, or the tension in a massive rope. 

Then you’ll learn to use energy (kinetic, potential) instead of forces to describe the same physics. Finally, we dive into more complicated topics such as angular momentum, torque, and rotational dynamics and end the series with a mathematical description of simple harmonic motion and use that to approximate the simple pendulum and other cases where we can approximate the potential function as a quadratic.

This series of courses requires the use of calculus, but many of the concepts will be reviewed as needed.

What you will learn

  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Free Body Diagrams
  • Circular Motion
  • Energy
  • Torque and Rotational Dynamics
  • Simple Harmonic Motion

XSeries Details

  • This is a series of 4 courses to be taken in sequence – 8.01.1x through 8.01.4x.

Programme Structure

Courses in this program

  • Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Mechanics: Momentum and Energy
  • Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics
  • Mechanics: Simple Harmonic Motion


Expert instruction

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.




  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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Tuition Fee

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    196 USD/full
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    Based on the tuition of 196 USD for the full programme during 6 months.
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    196 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 196 USD for the full programme during 6 months.


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