Course Details

Basic Physics

The FAA Physics Course is a 7-hour course designed to partially fulfill the curriculum requirements set out in Appendix B Part 147 General Curriculum Subjects for Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools established by the Federal Aviation Regulations. Our online program in conjunction with in-person instruction, is intended to help prepare students for the General Knowledge Test and make the curriculum more accessible to students without a nearby aviation school.Physics deals with the combination of matter and energy and this course will assist students in reviewing and learning physics concepts including mechanics, states of matter, and sound and light waves. These ideas are important for maintenance technicians to master because they support the design of virtually everything in an aircraft that enables it to maintain flight. Learning therefore, will center on classical mechanics rather than quantum and relativistic mechanics or quantum field theory because this is the theory that maintenance technicians will routinely use in their work. Students will also gain an in depth understanding of fluid mechanics and aerodynamics because of their application to the theory of flight, a working knowledge of which technicians need to properly maintain an aircraft.

Recommended Prerequisites

Basic Reading Comprehension, Basic Computer Skills, Basic Internet Browsing Skills

What You’ll Learn

Course Module Listing


Pre-Course Survey

Course Introduction

Matter, Energy and Simple Machines

Module Introduction



Force, Work, Power, & Torque

Simple Machines

Module Assessment

Stress, Motion, Heat, Pressure, and Gas





Gas Laws

Module Summary

Module Assessment

Fluid Mechanics, Sound, and the Atmosphere

Module Introduction

Fluid Mechanics

The Atmosphere

Module Summary

Module Assessment

Theory of Flight

Module Introduction

Theory of Flight Part 1

Theory of Flight Part 2

Theory of Flight Part 3

Module Summary

Module Assessment



Post-Course Survey

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1104181. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are hose of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.