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# First Year Subjects

The Department of Physics provides various options for fulfilling the General Institute Requirements (GIRs) of Physics I and Physics II.

## Physics I

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**Physics I** introduces classical mechanics: space and time; kinematics; Newton's Laws; particle dynamics; collisions and conservation laws; work and potential energy; universal gravitation; rigid bodies, equilibrium, and rotational dynamics.

- 8.01 presents the material using the TEAL format.
- 8.012
*****is taught at a mathematically more advanced level and is intended for students with a strong background in physics and math. - 8.01L
*****is a longer version of 8.01 which is offered in the fall and continues into January, allowing students with less preparation more time to develop their problem solving skills. **Please note that both 8.01L and 8.012 will have limited enrollment based on the results of the Math Diagnostic for Physics Placement test that will be administered during Orientation.*- 8.011 is offered each Spring. It is taught in small lecture sections which meet three times a week and include a quiz on Fridays.

## Physics II

**Physics II** introduces electromagnetism and electrostatics: electric charge, Coulomb's law, electric structure of matter; conductors and dielectrics. Concepts of electrostatic field and potential, electrostatic energy. Electric currents, magnetic fields and Ampere's law. Magnetic materials. Time-varying fields and Faraday's law of induction. Basic electric circuits. Electromagnetic waves and Maxwell's equations.

- 8.02 presents the material using the TEAL format.
- 8.021 is offered each Fall. It is taught in small lecture sections which meet three times a week and include a quiz on Fridays. This subject is only for students who have previously attempted 8.02 or 8.022. Enrollment is limited and permission of the instructor is required.
- 8.022 is taught at a mathematically more advanced level and is intended for students with a strong background in physics and math.
*Please note: Calculus is used throughout all of the physics subjects.*

Please reference the links on the left toolbar for information regarding advanced standing and transfer credit. Information regarding Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and GCE A-Level Credit can be found on the Office of the Vice Chancellor's First Year Advising page.