Students participate in a workshop to create their own circuits. Image courtesy of kmakice on Flickr.
MIT’s Physics Department produces the most undergraduate and graduate physics students of any university in the United States. The undergraduate curriculum offers students the opportunity to acquire a deep conceptual understanding of fundamental physics. In addition, the course of study prepares students for graduate work in physics, as well as fields like astrophysics, biophysics, engineering and applied physics, geophysics, management, law, and medicine.
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We have selected relevant material from MIT's introductory courses to support students as they study and educators as they teach the AP* Physics curriculum. This section is organized by the topics that you’ll see on the Physics exam.
* AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.
The first two courses course listed below, Physics I: Classical Mechanics (8.01SC) and Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (8.02SC), are in our OCW Scholar format. OCW Scholar courses are designed for study at your own pace. They contain substantially more material than typical OCW courses, blending new content with existing material used in MIT classes.
Learn more about OCW Scholar.
|» Physics I: Classical Mechanics (8.01SC)||Prof. Walter Lewin, Dr. Peter Dourmashkin|
|» Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (8.02SC)||Prof. Walter Lewin, Prof. John Belcher, Dr. Peter Dourmashkin|
|» Introduction to Astronomy (8.282J)||Prof. Saul Rappaport|
|» Chandra Astrophysics Institute||Mark Hartman, Peter Ashton, Shakib Ahmed, Simba Kol, Dr. Irene Porro|
|» Hands-On Astronomy: Observing Stars and Planets (12.409)||James Elliot|
|» Introduction to Special Relativity (8.20)||Bruce Knuteson|
|» Relativity (8.033)||Prof. Max Tegmark|
|» Physics of Rock Climbing (SP.255)||David Custer|
Prof. Walter Lewin is a world famous MIT physicist who is known for his engaging physics demonstrations. We have chosen selections from his class lectures and organized them by topics found in a typical introductory physics course.
|» Atomic Physics & Quantum Effects|
|» Circular Motion & Rotation|
|» Conductors, Capacitors, Dielectrics|
|» Electric Circuits|
|» Fluid Mechanics|
|» Geometric Optics|
|» Kinetic Theory & Thermodynamics|
|» Magnetic Fields|
|» Newton's Laws of Motion|
|» Oscillations & Gravitation|
|» Physical Optics|
|» Systems of Particles, Linear Momentum|
|» Temperature & Heat|
|» Work, Energy, Power|
Testing theories and hypotheses in a lab is an important part of the physics curriculum at MIT. The work done in lab provides hands-on learning and reinforcement of the concepts presented during class lectures.
We have provided some of the most interesting and popular physics experiments from OCW to help you get a taste of what a physicist might do in a lab setting.
|» From course Physics I: Classical Mechanics with an Experimental Focus (8.01X)||Prof. Kate Scholberg, Dr. Peter Dourmashkin|
|» From course Electricity and Magnetism (8.02T)||Bruce Knuteson, Prof. Eric Hudson, Dr. George Stephans, Prof. John Belcher, Prof. John Joannopoulos, Prof. Michael Feld, Dr. Peter Dourmashkin|
|» From course Physics II: Electricity Magnetism with an Experimental Focus (8.02X)||Prof. Gunther M. Roland, Dr. Peter Dourmashkin|
|» Weather in a Tank: A Laboratory Guide to Rotating Tank Fluid Experiments and Atmospheric Phenomena||Lodovica Illari|
|» From course Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics (12.003)||Prof. Raffaele Ferrari|
The experiments described in these materials are potentially hazardous. Among other things, the experiments should include the following safety measures: a high level of safety training, special facilities and equipment, the use of proper personal protective equipment, and supervision by appropriate individuals. You bear the sole responsibility, liability, and risk for the implementation of such safety procedures and measures. MIT and Dow shall have no responsibility, liability, or risk for the content or implementation of any of the material presented. Legal Notice
These courses were offered through the High School Studies Program (HSSP), a project of the MIT Educational Studies Program. HSSP offers non-credit enrichment courses to 7th-12th grade students on weekends at MIT.
|» The Big Questions||Nicholas DiBella|
|» Excitatory Topics in Physics||Nicholas DiBella|