Physics III OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Advanced Undergraduate Physics Course

Published Jan 31, 2009

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MIT offers an OpenCourseWare, 'Physics III,' which focuses on the study of vibrations and waves. Students can learn about topics such as optics in a hands-on approach via experiments that they can conduct at home. This undergraduate-level OpenCourseWare is appropriate for students studying Physics and related fields.

Physics III: Course Specifics

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Physics III: Course Description

Teaching the 'Physics III' course in the OpenCourseWare are Professors Nergis Mavalvala and Thomas Greytak. This class covers the subjects of optics, electromagnetic waves and mechanical vibrations and waves. Students explore various subordinate focuses, including superpositions, plane waves and polarization and diffraction. Some of the materials from which the lectures and recitations will be organized include three books, Vibrations and Waves by A. P. French, Electromagnetic Vibrations, Waves, and Radiation by G. Bekefi and A.H. Barrett, and Optics by E. Hecht. This undergraduate-level OpenCourseWare will help prepare students for future studies in advanced Physics subfields, including quantum mechanics, particle physics and more.

Lecture notes, experiment instructions and problem sets and their solutions are available as free downloads. For more information on the OpenCourseWare 'Physics III,' visit the waves and vibrations course page.

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