Online Mechanics

Core 8 and TrackOne students are able take their first-year Mechanics course in an online format. APS160H1F: Mechanics can replace CIV100H1F: Mechanics.

The online course provides great flexibility because studying is not constrained to a fixed in-class schedule. This opportunity is ideal for students who are able to manage their time well and be self-motivated, and allows participants to study on their own schedule instead of attending in-person lectures.

This online course has been offered for several years and has been well-received by past students.

Introductory video with course instructor Michael Seica

Things to consider about taking an online course:

  • Are you able to take initiative, manage your time and work independently?
  • Are you interested in being able to have increased flexibility in your timetable?
  • Do you feel comfortable emailing an instructor or the First Year Office if you need further assistance?
  • Do you have the self-discipline to keep up with the lecture content and course work without regular in-person classes?
  • If you find that the online course experience is not for you, or you are struggling with the course content, you will be allowed to drop the online course and re-enter the in-class version with no repercussions. The deadline to do this is September 20, 2017. Dropping the course will not impact your academic record.

Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for further information about APS160H1F: Mechanics.

We are happy to help you with any additional questions that you may have about this decision in the First Year Office in GB 170. We can also be reached at 416-978-4625 or

To Register:

  • Current U of T Engineering students: Email from your ACORN-listed email address with the subject line “Course Enrolment Request“. The email should contain your full name, student number and a brief note clarifying which course you wish to enrol in.
  • Students from other universities: Please contact the Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Office at to register for this course as a visiting student.

Unfortunately, Engineering Science students may not register in APS160H1F: Mechanics, as the course does not meet the needs of the Engineering Science curriculum.

Registration for the Fall 2017 semester is open until September 25*, 2017 (*extended from September 20).

Online Mechanics Course FAQs

Here are some common questions you might have about APS160H1F: Mechanics and their answers. If your question is not answered here, please contact us.

Q: When will the classes start?
A: APS160H1: Mechanics will start online on September 7 (the same as the general start date for engineering classes).

Q: Where will I get the lectures from?
A: All lectures are online videos delivered through Portal, an online course setting that you will use for all of your courses. These videos can be watched at any time.

Q: If I enroll in the course but want to switch back to the in-class version, will I be able to enroll in CIV100H1 – Mechanics?
A: You are welcome to switch from the online Mechanics to the in-class version up until September 25*, 2017 (*extended from September 20). After that date, you may still drop the online course up until November 6, 2017, but you will need to take CIV100H1 in the winter session and defer one of your winter courses to the summer.

Q: What is the deadline for registering in this course?
A: The last day to add APS160H1F: Mechanics is Friday, September 25*, 2017 (*extended from September 20) (though we strongly suggest you enroll before the first day of classes to avoid missing any content).

Q: Will I write tests and my final exam online, or in-person?
A: Students who take APS160H1: Mechanics will take their midterm test and their final exam in-person with the students taking CIV100H1: Mechanics at the regularly scheduled times and dates.

Q: How much time do I need for the course every day?
A: As with any course, it will take different students a different amount of time to work through course content and problem sets. However, you should expect to devote the same amount of time per week to APS160H1: Mechanics as you would for any of your in-person courses.

Q: If I take APS160H1: Mechanics, can I add an elective course to my schedule since I will have more time?
A: No, this opportunity does not mean that your workload will be reduced in the fall semester, and as such you will not be allowed to take any additional courses if you choose to enroll in this online course. Electives can be taken in your upper years of study, or during summer sessions — not during first year.

(Last updated September 20, 2017)