Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

Vizualization of a magnet levitating above a superconducting ring.

Magnet Levitating Above A Superconducting Ring: The image shows a permanent magnet levitating above a conducting non-magnetic ring with zero resistance. The magnet is levitated by eddy currents induced in the ring by the approaching magnet. These currents are always such as to repel the magnet, by Lenz's Law. (Image by Mark Bessette.)


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Spring 2007



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This freshman-level course is the second semester of introductory physics. The focus is on electricity and magnetism. The subject is taught using the TEAL (Technology Enabled Active Learning) format which utilizes small group interaction and current technology. The TEAL/Studio Project at MIT is a new approach to physics education designed to help students develop much better intuition about, and conceptual models of, physical phenomena.

OpenCourseWare presents another version of 8.02: Electricity and Magnetism (Spring 2002) with Professor Walter Lewin, which includes 36 videotaped lectures.



Prof. John Belcher

Dr. Peter Dourmashkin
Prof. Bruce Knuteson
Prof. Gunther Roland
Prof. Bolek Wyslouch
Dr. Brian Wecht
Prof. Eric Katsavounidis
Prof. Robert Simcoe
Prof. Joseph Formaggio

Course Co-Administrators:
Dr. Peter Dourmashkin
Prof. Robert Redwine

Technical Instructors:
Andy Neely
Matthew Strafuss

Course Material:
Dr. Peter Dourmashkin
Prof. Eric Hudson
Dr. Sen-Ben Liao


The TEAL project is supported by The Alex and Brit d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in MIT Education, MIT iCampus, the Davis Educational Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Class of 1960 Endowment for Innovation in Education, the Class of 1951 Fund for Excellence in Education, the Class of 1955 Fund for Excellence in Teaching, and the Helena Foundation. Many people have contributed to the development of the course materials. (PDF)

Faculty, Lecturers, and Technical Staff, Physics Department, Boleslaw Wyslouch, Brian Wecht, Bruce Knuteson, Erik Katsavounidis, Gunther Roland, John Belcher, Joseph Formaggio, Peter Dourmashkin, and Robert Simcoe. 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Spring 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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