The following courses have been selected to help you explore Physics at MIT.
Description:This is a first-semester freshman physics class in Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory. In addition to the basic concepts of these topics, a variety of interesting additional topics are covered, including binary stars, neutron stars, black holes, resonance phenomena, musical instruments, stellar collapse, supernovae, astronomical observations from very high flying balloons (lecture 35), and a peek into the intriguing quantum world. Includes a complete set of video lectures, along with lecture notes, problem sets with solutions, and exams with solutions.
Description:An introductory course in the basic concepts of Electromagnetism, as well as a variety of other interesting topics including lightning, electric shock treatment, electrocardiograms, magnetic levitation, bullet trains, electric motors, radios, TV, car coils, superconductivity, Aurora Borealis, rainbows, radio telescopes, atom smashers, Doppler Effect, and Big-Bang cosmology. Includes a complete set of video lectures, along with lecture notes, problem sets with solutions, exams with solutions, and a collection of related resources.
Description:This course provides a quantitative introduction to the physics of the solar system, stars, the interstellar medium, the galaxy, and the universe, as determined from a variety of astronomical observations and models.
Description:This class introduces the student to the use of small telescopes, either for formal research or as a hobby. This course covers background for and techniques of visual observation, electronic imaging, and spectroscopy of the Moon, planets, satellites, stars, and brighter deep-space objects. Introduction to contemporary observational astronomy including astronomical computing, image and data processing, and how astronomers work.
Description:This course introduces students to climate studies, including beginnings of the solar system, time scales, and climate in human history; methods for detecting climate change; physical and chemical processes in climate; internal feedback mechanisms; climate forcing; climate models and mechanisms of variability; and outstanding problems.
Description: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.