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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Full Physics Video Courses

Hey everyone, this month I have a bunch of full physics video courses from from the top universities, such as MIT, Stanford, Yale, Oxford and UCLA.

The courses have 30 lectures on average and the topics they cover are: mechanics, electromagnetism, vibrations and waves, thermodynamics and kinetics, fundamentals of physics, quantum computation, string theory, gravity, symmetry and tensors.

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Here are the full physics courses:

MIT Classical Mechanics

Course description:
Classical mechanics 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.

Course topics:
Units, Dimensions, and Scaling Arguments. Introduction to Kinematics. Vectors. The Motion of Projectiles. Uniform Circular Motion. Newton's First, Second, and Third Laws. Weight, Perceived Gravity, and Weightlessness. Frictional Forces. Hooke's Law, Simple Harmonic Oscillator. Work, Energy, and Universal Gravitation. Resistive Forces. Equation of Motion for Simple Harmonic Oscillators. Orbits and Escape Velocity. Momentum and its Conservation. Elastic and Inelastic Collisions. Momentum of Individual Objects. Rotating Rigid Bodies, Inertia, and Axis Theorems. Angular Momentum. Torque. Kepler's Laws, Elliptical Orbits, and Change of Orbits. Doppler Effect, Binary Stars, Neutron Stars and Black Holes. Rolling Motion, Gyroscopes. Static Equilibrium, Stability, Rope Walker. Elasticity and Young's Modulus. Gases and Incompressible Liquids. Hydrostatics, Archimedes' Principle, and Fluid Dynamics. Simple Harmonic Oscillations of Suspended Solid Bodies. Pendulums and Springs. Thermal Expansion. Ideal-Gas Law. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. Professor Lewin’s Early days at MIT.

MIT Electricity and Magnetism

Course description:
In addition to the basic concepts of Electromagnetism, a vast variety of interesting topics are covered in this course: Lightning, Pacemakers, Electric Shock Treatment, Electrocardiograms, Metal Detectors, Musical Instruments, Magnetic Levitation, Bullet Trains, Electric Motors, Radios, TV, Car Coils, Superconductivity, Aurora Borealis, Rainbows, Radio Telescopes, Interferometers, Particle Accelerators (a.k.a. Atom Smashers or Colliders), Mass Spectrometers, Red Sunsets, Blue Skies, Haloes around Sun and Moon, Color Perception, Doppler Effect, Big-Bang Cosmology.

Course topics:
Electric Charges. Polarization. Electric Force. Coulomb's Law. Superposition. Inductive Charging. Dipoles. Induced Dipoles. Gauss's Law. Electric Energy. eV. Conservative Field. Equipotential Surfaces. Capacitance. Lightning. Polarization. Dielectrics. Currents. Resistivity. Ohm's Law. Batteries. EMF. Magnetic field. Biot-Savart Law. Ampere's Law. Solenoids. Motional EMF. Transformers. Traveling Waves. Standing Waves. Double-Slit Interference. Interferometers. Gratings. Single-Slit Diffraction. Doppler Effect. The Big Bang. Cosmology.

MIT Vibrations and Waves

Course description:
In addition to the traditional topics of mechanical vibrations and waves, coupled oscillators, and electro-magnetic radiation, students will also learn about musical instruments, red sunsets, glories, coronae, rainbows, haloes, X-ray binaries, neutron stars, black holes and big-bang cosmology.

Course topics:
Oscillations. Waves. Simple Harmonic Oscillations. Differential Equations. Physical Pendulum. Beats. Forced Oscillations with Damping. Forced Oscillations. Coupled Oscillators. Driven Coupled Oscillators. Wave Equation. Traveling Waves. Boundary Conditions. Standing Waves. Sound. Fourier Analysis. Dispersion. Phase Velocity. Group Velocity. Electromagnetic Waves. Accelerated Charges. Maxwell's Equations. Polarization. Malus' Law. Doppler Effect. Wave Guides. Radiation Pressure. Boundary Conditions for Dielectrics. Fresnel Equations. Brewster Angle. Huygens' Principle. Diffraction. Gratings. Rainbows. Haloes. Coronae. Glories.

MIT Thermodynamics & Kinetics

Course description:
This subject deals primarily with equilibrium properties of macroscopic systems, basic thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium of reactions in gas and solution phase, and rates of chemical reactions.

Course topics:
State of a system, 0th law, equation of state. Work, heat, first law. Internal energy, expansion work. Enthalpy. Adiabatic changes. Thermochemistry. Calorimetry. Second law. Entropy and the Clausius inequality. Entropy and irreversibility. Fundamental equation, absolute S, third law. Criteria for spontaneous change. Gibbs free energy. Multicomponent systems, chemical potential. Chemical equilibrium. Temperature, pressure and Kp. Equilibrium: application to drug design. Phase equilibria — one component. Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Phase equilibria — two components. Ideal solutions. Non-ideal solutions. Colligative properties. Introduction to statistical mechanics. Partition function (q) — large N limit. Partition function (Q) — many particles. Statistical mechanics and discrete energy levels. Model systems. Applications: chemical and phase equilibria. Introduction to reaction kinetics. Complex reactions and mechanisms. Steady-state and equilibrium approximations. Chain reactions. Temperature dependence, Ea, catalysis. Enzyme catalysis. Autocatalysis and oscillators.

MIT General Relativity & Astrophysics

Course description:
Study of physical effects in the vicinity of a black hole as a basis for understanding general relativity, astrophysics, and elements of cosmology. Extension to current developments in theory and observation. Energy and momentum in flat spacetime; the metric; curvature of spacetime near rotating and nonrotating centers of attraction; trajectories and orbits of particles and light; elementary models of the Cosmos. Weekly meetings include an evening seminar and recitation. The last third of the semester is reserved for collaborative research projects on topics such as the Global Positioning System, solar system tests of relativity, descending into a black hole, gravitational lensing, gravitational waves, Gravity Probe B, and more advanced models of the Cosmos.

Course topics:
The Universe: Questions You Were Afraid to Ask. Global Positioning System. Einstein's Field Equations. Tracing Einstein's Development of the Special Relativity Theory. Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy - Sagittarius A*. X-Ray Binaries and the Search for Black Holes. The Universe and Three Examples. LIGO: Detecting Gravitational Waves. Cosmic Structure Formation; From Inflation to Galaxies.

MIT Symmetry, Structure, and Tensor Properties of Materials

Course description:
This course covers the derivation of symmetry theory; lattices, point groups, space groups, and their properties; use of symmetry in tensor representation of crystal properties, including anisotropy and representation surfaces; and applications to piezoelectricity and elasticity.

Course topics:
Introduction to Crystallography. Crystalline Structure and Geometry. Translation, Rotation, Periodicity. 2D Symmetries. 2D Plane Groups, Lattices. Diffraction, 3D Symmetries. Point Groups. 3D Lattices. Physical Properties of Crystal Structures. Space Group Notation. Tensors. Representation Quadric. Stress and Strain Tensors. Sheer and Thermal Expansion Tensors. Piezoelectricity. 4th Rank Tensor Properties.

Yale Fundamentals of Physics

Course description:
This course provides a thorough introduction to the principles and methods of physics for students who have good preparation in physics and mathematics. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and quantitative reasoning. This course covers Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, gravitation, thermodynamics, and waves.

Course topics:
Introduction and Newtonian Mechanics. Vectors in Multiple Dimensions. Newton's Laws of Motion. Work-Energy Theorem and Law of Conservation of Energy. Law of Conservation of Energy in Higher Dimensions. Kepler's Laws. Dynamics of a Multiple-Body System and Law of Conservation of Momentum. Rotations. Torque. Introduction to Relativity. Lorentz Transformation. Introduction to the Four-Vector. Four-Vector in Relativity. The Taylor Series. Simple Harmonic Motion. Waves. Fluid Dynamics and Statics and Bernoulli's Equation. Thermodynamics. The Boltzmann Constant and First Law of Thermodynamics. The Second Law of Thermodynamics. Carnot's Engine. Entroy.

Oxford Quantum Computation

Course topics:
The Qubit. Interference. Measurement. The Schroedinger Picture. A Quantum Algorithm. Grover's Search Algorithm.

UCLA Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields

Course topics:
Oscillations. Wave Motion. Sound. Electric Charge. Electric Field. Gauss's Law. The Electric Potential. Capacitance. Dielectrics. Currents and Resistance. DC. Circuits. Magnetic Field.

Harvard String Theory, Black Holes, Laws of Nature

Course description:
For centuries, we have been trying to understand the basic laws which govern the universe. The most promising candidate for our next step forward is string theory. Surprisingly, strings and black holes have been found to be inextricably intertwined, and the understanding of one is giving new insights into the other.

Course topics:
The Scientific Quest: Understanding the Basic Laws of Nature. Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. The Problems of Quantum Mechanics and Unification. Understanding String Theory. Black Holes and String Theory.

Stanford Gravity

Course topics:
General Relativity Primer. Gravity Probe - B Instrument and Data Reduction. Gravity Probe - B and General Relativity. Gravitational Radiation. Gravity Wave Interferometers. GR Test Using Laser and Radio Ranging Experiments. LISA. Gravitational Radiation. General Relativity Tests with Pulsars. Polarization in CMBR. Gravitational Wave Detection with Pulsars. Tests of Alternative Theories of Gravity. Black Holes. Neutron Stars. Role of Supermassive Black Holes in Structure Formation. Gamma Ray Bursts seen by SWIFT. Extreme Neutron Stars. Neutron Stars. Observations of Black Holes. Black Holes in the Galactic Center. GLAST-Large Area Telescope. Unifying the Forces. Extra Dimensions. Proton Decay. Black Holes at Accelerators. Precision SUSY and the GUT Scale. Unifying the Forces. Extra Dimensions. Extra Dimension Searches at Accelerators. Tests of Gravity at the Millimeter Scale and Below. SUSY Searches at the Tevatron. String Cosmology. Extra Dimensions. Probing Dark Matter Using Gravitational Lensing. News from SDSS. Results from Auger. String Theory for Physicists. Cosmological Constant. Probing Dark Matter at Colliders. LSST. The Gravity of Dark Energy. String Theory for Physicists. Beyond Einstein: Embarking on the Second Century of Relativity.

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