OCW Scholar

OCW Scholar courses are designed for independent learners who have few additional resources available to them. The courses are substantially more complete than typical OCW courses and include new custom-created content as well as materials repurposed from MIT classrooms. The materials are also arranged in logical sequences and include multimedia such as video and simulations.

Physics I: Classical Mechanics

Physics I is a first-year, first-semester course that provides an introduction to Classical Mechanics. It covers the basic concepts of Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory.

Instructors: Dr. Peter Dourmashkin, Prof. Walter Lewin, Prof. Thomas Greytak, Craig Watkins, Andy Neely, Dr. Sahana Murthy, Prof. David Litster, Matthew Strafuss


Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

Physics II is the second semester of introductory physics. The focus is on electricity and magnetism, including electric fields, magnetic fields, electromagnetic forces, conductors and dielectrics, electromagnetic waves, and the nature of light.

Instructors: Prof. Walter Lewin, Prof. John Belcher and Dr. Peter Dourmashkin


Introduction to Solid State Chemistry

Introduction to Solid State Chemistry is a freshman (first-year) class on the principles of chemistry, with an emphasis on solid-state materials, and their application to engineering systems. It covers the relationship between electronic structure, chemical bonding, and atomic order. Characterization of atomic arrangements in crystalline and amorphous solids: metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers (including proteins). Topical coverage of organic chemistry, solution chemistry, acid-base equilibria, electrochemistry, biochemistry, chemical kinetics, diffusion, and phase diagrams. Examples from industrial practice (including the environmental impact of chemical processes), from energy generation and storage (e.g. batteries and fuel cells), and from emerging technologies (e.g. photonic and biomedical devices).

Instructors: Prof. Donald Sadoway


Single Variable Calculus

Single Variable Calculus covers differentiation and integration of functions of one variable, and concludes with a brief discussion of infinite series. Calculus is fundamental to many scientific disciplines including physics, engineering, and economics.

Instructors: Prof. David Jerison


Multivariable Calculus

Multivariable Calculus covers differential, integral and vector calculus for functions of more than one variable. These mathematical tools and methods are used extensively in the physical sciences, engineering, economics and computer graphics.

Instructors: Prof. Denis Auroux