8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics

As taught in: Fall 1999

Photo of Prof. Lewin demonstrating the concept of Conservation of Mechanical Energy.

Professor Lewin puts his life on the line in Lecture 11 by demonstrating his faith in the Conservation of Mechanical Energy.




Prof. Walter Lewin

Course Features

Course Highlights

The 35 video lectures by Professor Lewin, were recorded on the MIT campus during the Fall of 1999. Prof. Lewin is well known at MIT and beyond for his dynamic and engaging lecture style.

Course Description

8.01 is a first-semester freshman physics class in Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory. In addition to the basic concepts of Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory, a variety of interesting topics are covered in this course: Binary Stars, Neutron Stars, Black Holes, Resonance Phenomena, Musical Instruments, Stellar Collapse, Supernovae, Astronomical observations from very high flying balloons (lecture 35), and you will be allowed a peek into the intriguing Quantum World.

OCW also presents Professor Lewin's freshman physics course series 8.02 - Electricity and Magnetism - with a complete set of 36 video lectures from the Spring of 2002 and 8.03 - Vibrations and Waves - with a complete set of 23 video lectures from the Fall of 2004.

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