8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Spring 2002 (Complete Lectures by Walter Lewin)

8.02 is a second-semester freshman physics class in electromagnetism. Created by MIT OpenCourseWare.

Average Course Length

35 hours

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1: Introduction
2: Electric Charges and Forces - Coulomb's Law - Polarization
3: Electric Field Lines, Superposition, Inductive Charging, Induced Dipoles
4: Electric Flux, Gauss' Law, Examples
5: Electrostatic Potential, Electric Energy, Equipotential Surfaces
6: E= - grad V, Conductors, Electrostatic Shielding (Faraday Cage)
7: High-voltage Breakdown, Lightning, Sparks, St-Elmo's Fire
8: Capacitance, Electric Field Energy
9: Polarization, Dielectrics, Van de Graaff Generator, Capacitors
10: Electric Currents, Resistivity, Conductivity, Ohm's Law
11: Batteries, Power, Kirchhoff's Rules, Circuits, Kelvin Water Dropper
12: Magnetic Fields, Lorentz Force, Torques, Electric Motors (DC)
13: First Exam Review
14: Moving charges in B-fields, Cyclotrons, Mass Spectrometers, LHC
15: Biot-Savart, div B = 0, High-voltage Power Lines, Leyden Jar revisited
16: Ampere's Law, Solenoids, Kelvin Water Dropper (revisited)
17: Electromagnetic Induction, Faraday's Law, Lenz Law, SUPER DEMO
18: Motional EMF, Dynamos, Eddy Currents, Magnetic Breaking
19: Displacement Current, Synchronous Motors, Explanation Secret Top
20: Magnetic Levitation, Human ❤, Superconductivity, Aurora Borealis
21: Inductance, RL Circuits, Magnetic Field Energy
22: Magnetic Materials, Dia- Para- & Ferromagnetism
23: Maxwell's Equations - 600 Daffodil Ceremony
24: Second Exam Review
25: Transformers, Car Coils, RC Circuits
26: Driven LRC Circuits, Metal Detectors
27: Traveling Waves, Standing Waves, Musical Instruments
28: Destructive Resonance, Electromagnetic Waves, Speed of Light
29: Poynting Vector, Oscillating Charges, Polarization, Radiation Pressure
30: Snell's Law, Index of Refraction, Huygen's Principle, Illusion of Color
31: Polarizers, Malus' Law, Light Scattering, Blue Skies, Red Sunsets
32: Rainbows, Fog Bows, Haloes, Glories, Sun Dogs
33: Third Exam Review
34: Double-slit Interference, Interferometers
35: Diffraction, Gratings, Resolving Power, Angular Resolution
36: Doppler Effect, Big Bang, Cosmology
37: Farewell Special, My Early Days in Astrophysics, Huge Balloons