Electricity and Magnetism

Professor Walter Lewin photographed during a demonstration, bouncing a balloon between his head and a small Van de Graaff generator.

Professor Walter Lewin photographed during a demonstration bouncing a balloon (sprayed with conducting paint) between his head and a small Van de Graaff generator. This demonstration can be viewed on the video of Lecture 2. (Image courtesy of Markos Hankin, MIT Physics Department Lecture Demonstration Group.)

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MIT Course Number

8.02

As Taught In

Spring 2002

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Features

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of videotaped lectures. The 36 video lectures on Electricity and Magnetism, by Professor Lewin, were recorded on the MIT campus during the Spring of 2002. Prof. Lewin is well-known at MIT and beyond for his dynamic and engaging lecture style.

Course Description

In addition to the basic concepts of Electromagnetism, a vast variety of interesting topics are covered in this course: Lightning, Pacemakers, Electric Shock Treatment, Electrocardiograms, Metal Detectors, Musical Instruments, Magnetic Levitation, Bullet Trains, Electric Motors, Radios, TV, Car Coils, Superconductivity, Aurora Borealis, Rainbows, Radio Telescopes, Interferometers, Particle Accelerators (a.k.a. Atom Smashers or Colliders), Mass Spectrometers, Red Sunsets, Blue Skies, Haloes around Sun and Moon, Color Perception, Doppler Effect, Big-Bang Cosmology.

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Also by Walter Lewin

Courses:

  • Classical Mechanics (8.01)- with a complete set of 35 video lectures from the Fall of 1999
  • Vibrations and Waves (8.03) - with a complete set of 23 video lectures from the Fall of 2004

Talks:

  • 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. 8.02 Electricity and Magnetism, Spring 2002. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-02-electricity-and-magnetism-spring-2002 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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