What you will learn
- Electric and Magnetic Fields
- Electric and Magnetic Dipoles
- Simple AC and DC circuits
- Electromagnetic Radiation and Energy Flow
Explore the concepts of electricity and magnetism in this series of courses, based on the second semester of introductory physics at MIT.
This series of modules discusses the idea of fields, specifically the electric and magnetic field. We explore several ways to calculate both the electric and magnetic field and also look at dipoles, forces, and simple circuits. We finish the course by combining all of Maxwell’s Equations to see how the speed of light and electromagnetic radiation comes about.
This series requires the use of multivariable calculus, although most of the math that is used will be reviewed. It is also best if you have previously completed our 8.01x Introductory Mechanics series.
Courses in this program
MITx's Introductory Electricity and Magnetism XSeries
- Starts Feb 26, 202011–13 hours per week, for 7 weeksLearn how charges interact with each other and create electric fields and electric potential landscapes in this introductory-level physics course.
- Starts Apr 15, 202011–13 hours per week, for 6 weeksLearn how charges create and move in magnetic fields and how to analyze simple DC circuits in this introductory-level physics course.
- Starts May 27, 202011–13 hours per week, for 8 weeksIn this final part of 8.02, we will cover Faraday’s Law, Circuits with Inductors, Maxwell’s equations, and electromagnetic radiation. This introductory Electromagnetism physics course will require the use of calculus.
This is a series of 3 courses to be taken in sequence – 8.02.1x through 8.02.3x.
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