Magellan Telescopes
The Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in La Serena, Chile.

The MIT Department of Physics has been a national resource since the turn of the 20th century.

Our Department has been at the center of the revolution in understanding the nature of matter and energy and the dynamics of the cosmos. Our faculty - three of whom hold Nobel Prizes and 21 of whom are members of the National Academy of Sciences - include leaders in nearly every major area of physics. World leaders in science and engineering, including 10 Nobel Prize recipients, have been educated in the physics classrooms and laboratories at MIT. Alumni of the MIT Department of Physics are to be found on the faculties of the world's major universities and colleges, as well as federal research laboratories and every variety of industrial laboratories.

Our undergraduates are sought both by industry and the nation's most competitive graduate schools. Our doctoral graduates are eagerly sought for postdoctoral and faculty positions, as well as by industry.

The MIT Physics Department is one of the largest in the nation, in part because it includes astronomy and astrophysics. Our research programs include theoretical and experimental particle and nuclear physics, cosmology and astrophysics, plasma physics, theoretical and experimental condensed-matter physics, atomic physics, and biophysics. Our students - both undergraduate and graduate - have opportunities to pursue forefront research in almost any area.

All undergraduate students at MIT study mechanics, electricity and magnetism. Beyond that, our physics majors pursue a program that provides outstanding preparation for advanced education in physics and other careers. Our undergraduates have unusual opportunities for becoming involved in research, sometimes working with two different groups during their four years at MIT.

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In addition to courses, supplementary physics resources are also available. Various MIT faculty are openly sharing these resources as a service to MIT OCW users.

Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 8.01Physics I: Classical MechanicsFall 1999
 8.01Physics IFall 2003
8.012Physics I: Classical MechanicsFall 2008
 8.01LPhysics I: Classical MechanicsFall 2005
 8.01TPhysics IFall 2004
 8.01XPhysics I: Classical Mechanics with an Experimental FocusFall 2002
 8.02Electricity and MagnetismSpring 2002
 8.02Physics II: Electricity and MagnetismSpring 2007
 8.022Physics II: Electricity and MagnetismFall 2002
 8.022Physics II: Electricity and MagnetismFall 2004
 8.022Physics II: Electricity and MagnetismFall 2006
 8.02TElectricity and MagnetismSpring 2005
 8.02XPhysics II: Electricity & Magnetism with an Experimental FocusSpring 2005
 8.03Physics IIISpring 2003
 8.03Physics III: Vibrations and WavesFall 2004
 8.033RelativityFall 2006
 8.04Quantum Physics ISpring 2006
 8.044Statistical Physics ISpring 2008
 8.05Quantum Physics IIFall 2004
 8.06Quantum Physics IIISpring 2005
 8.07Electromagnetism IIFall 2005
 8.08Statistical Physics IISpring 2005
 8.09Classical MechanicsFall 2006
8.13-14Experimental Physics I & II "Junior Lab"Fall 2007
 8.20Introduction to Special RelativityJanuary (IAP) 2005
8.21The Physics of EnergyFall 2008
 8.224Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity & AstrophysicsSpring 2003
 8.225JEinstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th CenturySpring 2006
 8.231Physics of Solids IFall 2006
 8.251String Theory for UndergraduatesSpring 2007
 8.261JIntroduction to Computational NeuroscienceSpring 2004
 8.282JIntroduction to AstronomySpring 2006
 8.284Modern AstrophysicsSpring 2006
 8.286The Early UniverseSpring 2004
 8.811Particle Physics IIFall 2005
 8.901Astrophysics ISpring 2006
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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 8.311Electromagnetic TheorySpring 2004
 8.321Quantum Theory IFall 2002
 8.322Quantum Theory IISpring 2003
 8.323Relativistic Quantum Field Theory ISpring 2003
 8.324Relativistic Quantum Field Theory IIFall 2005
 8.325Relativistic Quantum Field Theory IIISpring 2003
 8.325Relativistic Quantum Field Theory IIISpring 2007
 8.333Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of ParticlesFall 2007
 8.334Statistical Mechanics II: Statistical Physics of FieldsSpring 2008
 8.351JClassical Mechanics: A Computational ApproachFall 2002
 8.371JQuantum Information ScienceSpring 2006
 8.395JTeaching College-Level ScienceSpring 2006
 8.422Atomic and Optical Physics IISpring 2005
 8.511Theory of Solids IFall 2004
 8.512Theory of Solids IISpring 2004
 8.513Many-Body Theory for Condensed Matter SystemsFall 2004
 8.514Strongly Correlated Systems in Condensed Matter PhysicsFall 2003
 8.575JStatistical Thermodynamics of Complex LiquidsSpring 2004
 8.591JSystems BiologyFall 2004
 8.592JStatistical Physics in BiologySpring 2005
 8.594JIntroduction to Neural NetworksSpring 2005
 8.613JIntroduction to Plasma Physics IFall 2003
 8.613JIntroduction to Plasma Physics IFall 2006
 8.701Introduction to Nuclear and Particle PhysicsSpring 2004
8.821String TheoryFall 2008
 8.851Strong Interactions: Effective Field Theories of QCDSpring 2006
 8.871Selected Topics in Theoretical Particle Physics: Branes and Gauge Theory DynamicsFall 2004
 8.901Astrophysics ISpring 2006
 8.902Astrophysics IIFall 2004
 8.942CosmologyFall 2001
 8.952Particle Physics of the Early UniverseFall 2004
 8.962General RelativitySpring 2006
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