8.03 Physics III

Spring 2003

Experimental set-up for a take-home experiment on liquid prisms.
Experimental set-up for an experiment on Liquid Prisms. (Image adapted from 8.03 take-home experiments.)

Course Highlights

This undergraduate course features lecture notestake-home experiments, and a collection of answers to questions and comments the instructor received from students via an anonymous e-mail form.

Course Description

Mechanical vibrations and waves, simple harmonic motion, superposition, forced vibrations and resonance, coupled oscillations and normal modes, vibrations of continuous systems, reflection and refraction, phase and group velocity. Optics, wave solutions to Maxwell's equations, polarization, Snell's law, interference, Huygens's principle, Fraunhofer diffraction, and gratings.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Nergis Mavalvala
Prof. Thomas Greytak

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session