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About the Course
Students learn advanced topics in mechanics, including systems of measurement, motion in one dimension, motion in two and three dimensions, Newton's Laws, work and energy, systems of particles, and the conservation of momentum, rotation, static equilibrium of a rigid body, gravity, and oscillations. All concepts are important when preparing for the Physics C: Mechanics Advanced Placement (AP) exam.
What Makes Mechanics Different?
Real-World Scenarios
After studying the theory behind physics concepts, students use their knowledge to analyze real-world situations. In this demo, students learn how a car can bank a curve. Launch Video
Free Body Diagram
Free-body diagrams are one of the most valuable tools available to analyze and solve mechanics problems in physics. In this lecture, students learn how to construct these diagrams. Launch Video
Conservation of Momentum
Conservation of momentum is among the most important concepts studied in physics. This lecture establishes the basis of this principle and then gives example problems for the student to work on. Launch Video
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Tutor Support Included

Tutor Supported Features - $445.00 (quarterly)*
  • Dedicated tutors for one-to-one learning
  • Tutoring via video chat, phone, or email
  • Digital Classroom sessions
  • Academic coaching
  • Parent-Tutor conferences
  • Completion certificate
  • Detailed progress reporting
  • Technical support
  • 3-month course enrollment
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Additional Details

Mechanics is delivered via CD-ROM, typically delivered within 5 -7 business days. Access to online resources and your Stanford trained tutor begin immediately upon enrollment.

Recommended Usage: The course is designed to take approximately 4-5 months to complete.

Skills Covered: After each major section of the course, there is an exam which is graded by the instructor. There is also a written "take-home" final examination. The course grade is largely based on these exams. Download the Mechanics Course Outline.

Prerequisites: Calculus or equivalent

Recommended Textbook: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, by Tipler, 5th ed. (or 4th ed.) Worth Publishing. ISBN#: 0716783398

This course requires a computer with a CD-ROM drive and the Windows operating system. It will only function on Mac OS using a virtualized Windows Operating System using a product like Parallels Desktop or VM Ware.

System Requirements: All CD-ROM based course software require a Windows operating system. Mac OS X users can run Windows using Boot Camp or virtualization software like Parallels Desktop. The recommended Windows system has:

  • Windows 7 or 8
  • Intel processor (or AMD equivalent) with at least 4 GB RAM
  • 10GB of free hard drive space
  • CD/DVD drive
  • Speakers and/or headphones jack
  • Internet connection

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Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the recommended time a student should spend on each course?

To help students achieve their maximum potential, we recommend that they work in each course at least 20-30 minutes daily, a minimum of 3 days a week. For more information on schedules that our G& students have used to accelerate their learning for each course, click here.

What happens if my student finishes the course early?

If the student finishes the course with time remaining in his/her quarter, he/she can continue to the next course in sequence with the remaining time for no additional cost. To complete a course transfer, contact a member of our Customer Experience Team.

Mechanics Grades: 9–12

$445 quarterly
(3 months)