8.02T Electricity and Magnetism

Spring 2005

Magnet levitating above a superconducting ring.
Magnet Levitating Above A Superconducting Ring: The image shows a permanent magnet levitating above a conducting non-magnetic ring with zero resistance. The magnet is levitated by eddy currents induced in the ring by the approaching magnet. These currents are always such as to repel the magnet, by Lenz Law. (Image courtesy of Prof. John Belcher.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes, labs, and visualizations.

Course Description

This freshman-level course is the second semester of introductory physics. The focus is on electricity and magnetism. The subject is taught using the TEAL (Technology Enabled Active Learning) format which utilizes small group interaction and current technology. The TEAL/Studio Project at MIT is a new approach to physics education designed to help students develop much better intuition about, and conceptual models of, physical phenomena.

OpenCourseWare presents another version of 8.02: Electricity and Magnetism (Spring 2002) with Professor Walter Lewin, which includes 36 videotaped lectures.


The TEAL project is supported by The Alex and Brit d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in MIT Education, MIT iCampus, the Davis Educational Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Class of 1960 Endowment for Innovation in Education, the Class of 1951 Fund for Excellence in Education, the Class of 1955 Fund for Excellence in Teaching, and the Helena Foundation. Many people have contributed to the development of the course materials. (PDF)

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files. DataStudio® Software is required to run the .ds files found on this course site. Media player software, such as QuickTime® Player, RealOne™ Player, or Windows Media® Player, is required to run the .mpg and .avi files found on this course site. Windows Media® Player is required to run the .wmv files found on this course site. Shockwave® Player software is required to run the Shockwave® media found on this course site. Java® JRE is required to run the Java® files found on this course site.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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