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MIT Physics 8.02 - Electricity & Magnetism

INDEX : Course Notes

These are the course notes (in PDF format) used in Physics 8.02 Electricity and Magnetism at MIT. They represent an in-depth exposition of the material typically covered in a freshman E&M course, including references to the visualizations on this website (click on the images marked as "Animations" to view the associated visualization). The material is organized by topic (module) and presented in the order in which each topic is addressed in the course. These materials were developed at MIT by Dr. Sen-ben Liao, Dr. Peter Dourmashkin, and Professor John W. Belcher. ©2004 Sen-ben Liao, Peter Dourmashkin, and John Belcher.

Note: For a less rigorous introduction to the physics covered on this site, see the guided tour.

1. Fields
2. Coulomb's Law
3. Electric Potential
4. Gauss' Law
5. Capacitors
6. Current and Resistance
7. Direct Current Circuits
8. Magnetic Fields
9. Sources of Magnetic Fields
10. Faraday's Law
11. Inductance and Energy in Magnetic Fields
12. Alternating Current Circuits
13. Maxwell's Equations and Electromagnetic Waves
14. Interference and Diffraction