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Need to find online classical mechanics course

  1. Sep 9, 2011 #1
    Hi, I'm currently a physics major attempting to earn my bachelor's degree. I was just told by the tiny physics department at my school that they won't be offering the classical mechanics course that I need in order to graduate before that fateful date, they suggested that I add an additional year as they "probably" will have it available then. Anyway, I'm in a bit of a jam and need to find an online course to fill that void as the only other school nearby that has it is well over 1000$ per credit, something I frankly can't afford (especially since financial aid would be sketchy as its only one course from that school). Please help!
    Thank you in advance,
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  3. Sep 9, 2011 #2
    Might be a bad suggestion but maybe you can arrange with your college to defer your current studies until that class becomes available. As long as they offer your current classes then too and you can get a refund.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2011
  4. Jan 22, 2013 #3
    Renae, did you ever find an online classical mechanics class? I'm having the same problem, and the class isn't offered again here until fall 2014. It's the ONLY class that I still need to graduate after this semester.
  5. Feb 7, 2013 #4
    I found a course from the "Norwegian University of Science and Technology" (NTNU), that is taught in English.

    You can look at the info from the course "TFY4345 - Classical Mechanics" (and also check the different tabs under the course name to see other resources) here: http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/courses/TFY4345#tab=omEmnet

    Be sure to read the "Lecturer's page" (Lecture notes, exercises and solutions, etc.): http://folk.ntnu.no/jacobrun/teaching.html

    You can (also) find the videos here:

    If you have trouble with the language displayed (not being English, for example), you can go to the lower right corner and choose the language from a drop-down menu (with a Google icon), or sometimes (when there is no drop-down menu) you can click at a small "United Kingdom" flag at the upper right corner of the page.

    Let me know if this helps.

  6. Feb 7, 2013 #5


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    Err... back up a bit everyone!

    First of all, check with your school if they will accept the credit taken with such an online course!. Don't you think it will be a colossal waste of time, effort, and money to dive into such a thing, and then to find out that your school will NOT give you credit/transfer credit for such a course?!

    You need to seriously check if (i) they will allow such transfer credit AND (ii) they will accept coursework from a particular online program. Some schools will only accept online course from only a small number of schools.

    It is premature to consider this option without first talking to your academic advisor and see if this is even a viable option in the first place!

  7. Feb 10, 2013 #6
    You could look into the Classical Mechanics lectures of Prof. V. Balakrishnan of IIT. They series constitutes of 38 lectures and covers Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics with a lot of mathematical rigour. I'm sorry for not being able to provide the links since accessing youtube in my country is problematic sometimes.
  8. Feb 10, 2013 #7


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    Is this a formal course, that IIT will give you academic credit for, if you take it online and pass exams in it? This is what the OP was looking for.
  9. Jul 18, 2013 #8
    The only thing I have found is at UNC. It's super expensive, but my department head said it looks like it should cover everything necessary to grant transfer credits
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