Physics

Various wires and circuits sit on a lab bench with students standing around.

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.

Learn more about the MIT Department of Physics.

 

Exam Prep

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.

Physics Exam Prep

 

Introductory MIT Courses

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 Demos on Video

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.

 

Physics Labs

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.

Classical Mechanics Labs

Electricity and Magnetism Labs

Earth Science Labs

WARNING NOTICE

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

 

High School Courses Developed by MIT Students

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.