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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Introductory Electricity and Magnetism

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX XSeries


Explore the concepts of electricity and magnetism in this series of courses, based on the second semester of introductory physics at MIT.

This series of modules discusses the idea of fields, specifically the electric and magnetic field. We explore several ways to calculate both the electric and magnetic field and also look at dipoles, forces, and simple circuits. We finish the course by combining all of Maxwell’s Equations to see how the speed of light and electromagnetic radiation comes about.

This series requires the use of multivariable calculus, although most of the math that is used will be reviewed. It is also best if you have previously completed our 8.01x Introductory Mechanics series.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Electricity and Magnetism: Electrostatics

Learn how charges interact with each other and create electric fields and electric potential landscapes in this introductory-level physics course.

Course 2: Electricity and Magnetism: Magnetic Fields and Forces

Learn how charges create and move in magnetic fields and how to analyze simple DC circuits in this introductory-level physics course.

Course 3: Electricity and Magnetism: Maxwell’s Equations

In this final part of 8.02, we will cover Faraday’s Law, Circuits with Inductors, Maxwell’s equations, and electromagnetic radiation. This introductory Electromagnetism physics course will require the use of calculus.


Taught by

Analia Barrantes, Michelle Tomasik, Robert Redwine, Peter Dourmashkin, Krishna Rajagopal and Kerstin Perez

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