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Understand the Physics of Mechanics and Motion. This Introduction to Mechanics Specialization offered by Coursera in partnership with Rice University is equivalent to a one semester calculus-based introductory mechanics course, and will prepare you well for further coursework or independent study in science or engineering.

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This Introduction to Mechanics Specialization offered by Coursera in partnership with Rice University is for learners who are interested in first-year, university-level physics. Through three courses, you will gain a foundation in mechanics including motion, forces, energy, momentum, rotational motion, and gravitation. 

With 100 brief lectures and over 100 problems, this comprehensive specialization is similar in detail and rigor to what is taught in on-campus courses. 

It will thoroughly prepare learners for their upcoming introductory physics courses, or more advanced studies.

Applied Learning Project

The courses include conceptual lecture questions, computational homework problems, and comprehensive exams. These will build your skills in using mathematical tools (trigonometry, vector analysis, and calculus) to calculate and/or estimate needed parameters in real-world problems.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Physics 101 - Forces and Kinematics
  • Physics 101 - Energy and Momentum
  • Physics 101 - Rotational Motion and Gravitation

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • 7 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





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.

Other requirements

General requirements

Intermediate Level

  • Learners need a good understanding of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.  Familiarity with basic calculus is helpful, but not required.


Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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