8.03 Physics III

As taught in: Spring 2003

Experimental set-up for a take-home experiment on liquid prisms.

Experimental set-up for an experiment on Liquid Prisms. (Image adapted from 8.03 take-home experiments.)




Prof. Nergis Mavalvala

Prof. Thomas Greytak

Course Features

Course Description

Mechanical vibrations and waves, simple harmonic motion, superposition, forced vibrations and resonance, coupled oscillations and normal modes, vibrations of continuous systems, reflection and refraction, phase and group velocity. Optics, wave solutions to Maxwell's equations, polarization, Snell's law, interference, Huygens's principle, Fraunhofer diffraction, and gratings.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.