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Gravitational Physics

Here we lay out Newton's law of gravity and crack open the universe of consequences that spring from it. On the journey we'll come to understand planetary phenomena likes tides and atmospheres, the rich geometry of heavenly bodies and their motion, and the engineering considerations of space travel.

The problems are a natural starting point to develop new physical ideas like angular momentum and elegant pieces of mathematics like Gauss' law. In several Python based programming projects, you'll code simulations to explore applied problems where the math falls short.

At various points, you'll derive pieces of general relativity, and catch a glimpse of the places where Newton's law starts to buckle.

What is this?
A collection of interactive quizzes that introduces Newton's theory of gravity and explores its consequences in depth, written by experts and guided by Brilliant.org's 10 Principles for Learning.

Who is this for?
This course is for people looking to draw on their physics fundamentals to explore a theory of classical gravity that is still applied widely today, from orbital mechanics of satellites to the science of galactic collisions.

What's inside?
About 50 quizzes, containing over 700 carefully crafted guided problems and explanations. It will take approximately 60-80 hours to complete.


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