Physics I: Classical Mechanics

Photo of Prof. Lewin demonstrating the concept of Conservation of Mechanical Energy.

Professor Lewin puts his life on the line in Lecture 11 by demonstrating his faith in the Conservation of Mechanical Energy.


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Fall 1999



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Course Highlights

The 35 video lectures by Professor Lewin, were recorded on the MIT campus during the Fall of 1999. Prof. Lewin is well known at MIT and beyond for his dynamic and engaging lecture style.

Course Description

8.01 is a first-semester freshman physics class in Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory. In addition to the basic concepts of Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory, a variety of interesting topics are covered in this course: Binary Stars, Neutron Stars, Black Holes, Resonance Phenomena, Musical Instruments, Stellar Collapse, Supernovae, Astronomical observations from very high flying balloons (lecture 35), and you will be allowed a peek into the intriguing Quantum World.

Also by Walter Lewin


  • Electricity and Magnetism (8.02) - with a complete set of 36 video lectures from the Spring of 2002
  • Vibrations and Waves (8.03) - with a complete set of 23 video lectures from the Fall of 2004


  • For The Love Of Physics - Professor of Physics Emeritus Walter Lewin's last MIT lecture, complete with some of his most famous physics demonstrations to celebrate the publication of his new book.
  • Videos featuring Walter Lewin on MIT TechTV

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Lewin, Walter. 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 1999. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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