Physics III: Vibrations and Waves

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Double rainbow over Boston Harbor. (Image courtesy of Matt Conti. Used with permission.)




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Course Features

Course Description

This is the third course in the core physics curriculum at MIT, following 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics and 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism. Topics include mechanical vibrations and waves, electromagnetic waves, and optics. Students will learn about musical instruments, red sunsets, glories, coronae, rainbows, haloes, X-ray binaries, neutron stars, black holes and Big Bang cosmology.

Course Components

  • Lecture Videos by MIT Physics Professor Walter Lewin
  • Viewing Notes aligned with the lecture videos
  • Concept Questions to gauge your understanding
  • Problem Sets and Exams with Solutions
  • Problem Solving Help Videos by MIT Physics Professor Wit Busza

Content Development

Walter Lewin
Wit Busza
George Stephans
Martin Connors

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Lewin, Walter, Wit Busza, George Stephans, and Martin Connors. 8.03SC Physics III: Vibrations and Waves, Fall 2012. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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