Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism with an Experimental Focus

Wires and a clothespin arranged for an experiment.

Setup for the electrical breakdown experiment. (Image by Prof. Gunther Roland.)


MIT Course Number

8.02X / ES.802X

As Taught In

Spring 2005



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Course Features

Course Description

This course is an introduction to electromagnetism and electrostatics. Topics include: electric charge, Coulomb's law, electric structure of matter, conductors and dielectrics, concepts of electrostatic field and potential, electrostatic energy, electric currents, magnetic fields, Ampere's law, magnetic materials, time-varying fields, Faraday's law of induction, basic electric circuits, electromagnetic waves, and Maxwell's equations. The course has an experimental focus, and includes several experiments that are intended to illustrate the concepts being studied.


Prof. Roland wishes to acknowledge that the structure and content of this course owe much to the contributions of Prof. Ambrogio Fasoli.

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Roland, Gunther, and Peter Dourmashkin. 8.02X Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism with an Experimental Focus, Spring 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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