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Free Online Course on Electricity and Magnetism: Electrostatics

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free online course on Electricity and Magnetism: Electrostatics. This is the first course in a series of courses based on an MIT course: 8.02, Electricity and Magnetism, a required introductory physics class for all MIT undergraduates.

In this seven-week course, applicants will learn how to charge interact with each other and create electric fields and electric potential landscapes in this introductory-level physics course. This course will start on March 14, 2018.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 7 weeks
Effort: 12 hours pw
Subject: Physics
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on March 14, 2018

Providers’ Details

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – a coeducational, privately endowed research university founded in 1861 – is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

About This Course

This is the first course in a series of courses based on an MIT course: 8.02, Electricity and Magnetism, a required introductory physics class for all MIT undergraduates. The series of courses include:

  • 02.1x: Electricity and Magnetism: Electrostatics
  • 02.2x: Electricity and Magnetism: Magnetic Fields and Forces
  • 02.3x: Electricity and Magnetism: Faradays Law and Magnetic Induction
  • 02.4x: Electricity and Magnetism: DC and AC Circuits

Why Take This Course?

In this course, we focus on Electrostatics. We examine the forces between charges, electric fields, and electric potential, looking at different ways of calculating each. We also look at dipoles and the difference between conductors and insulators. The course ends by explaining capacitors and dielectrics.

Learning Outcomes

  • How Electric Fields form and how to measure them
  • What are Dipoles
  • Gauss’s Law and why it is important
  • What is Electric Potential
  • How Conductors, Insulators, and Capacitors work

Instructors

Robert Redwine
Professor of Physics and Director of Bates Linear Accelerator Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Krishna Rajagopal
Dean for Digital Learning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peter Dourmashkin
Senior Lecturer, Physics
MIT

Kerstin Perez
Assistant Professor of Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Analia Barrantes
Lecturer, Physics
MIT

Saif Rayyan
Lecturer, Physics
MIT

Michelle Tomasik
Postdoc, Physics
MIT

Requirements

  • Knowledge of Classical Mechanics (at the level of 8.01x Mechanics Series) will be necessary.
  • Multivariable Calculus

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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