Walter H. G. Lewin
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A native of The Netherlands, Professor Lewin received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Delft (1965). In 1966, he came to MIT as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Physics and was invited to join the faculty as an Assistant Professor later that same year. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Physics in 1968 and to full Professor in 1974.

Professor Lewin's honors and awards include the NASA Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1978), twice recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Award (1984 and 1991), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1984), MIT's Science Council Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1984) and the W. Buechner Teaching Prize of the MIT Department of Physics (1988). In 1997, he was the recipient of a NASA Group Achievement Award for the Discovery of the Bursting Pulsar.

He is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (elected 1993), Fellow of the American Physical Society.

In the seventies and eighties Lewin collaborated with the artists Otto Piene (born in Germany), who was for many years the Director of MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies, and with Peter Struycken (Dutch) who is one of the leading computer artists in the world.


Lectures:

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flag The Wonders of Electricity and Magnetism
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flag Lecture 23: Farewell Special - Bring a Friend!
as author at  MIT 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves - Fall 2004,
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flag Lecture 22: Rainbows - Haloes - Coronae - Glories
as author at  MIT 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves - Fall 2004,
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flag Lecture 21: Diffraction - Gratings - Pin Holes - Angular Resolution
as author at  MIT 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves - Fall 2004,
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flag Lecture 20: Huygens' Principle - Interference - Thin films - Soap - Oil - Light (double slit interference)
as author at  MIT 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves - Fall 2004,
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flag Lecture 19: Exam 2 Review
as author at  MIT 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves - Fall 2004,
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flag Lecture 18: Boundary Conditions for Dielectrics - Index of Refraction - Snell's Law - Total Internal Reflection - Fresnel Equations - Brewster Angle
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flag Lecture 17: Wave Guides - Resonance Cavities of EM-radiation and Sound
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flag Lecture 16: Boundary Conditions at Perfect Conductors - Reflection - Standing EM Waves - Transmission Lines - Radiation Pressure
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flag Lecture 15: Doppler Effect - Sound - EM Radiation - Binary Stars - Neutron Stars and Black Holes - Expanding Universe
as author at  MIT 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves - Fall 2004,
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flag Lecture 14: Accelerated Charges - Poynting Vector - Power - Rayleigh Scattering - Polarization
as author at  MIT 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves - Fall 2004,
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flag Lecture 13: Electromagnetic Waves - Plane Wave Solutions to Maxwell's Equations - Polarization - Malus' Law
as author at  MIT 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves - Fall 2004,
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flag Lecture 12: Dispersion - Phase Velocity - Group Velocity
as author at  MIT 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves - Fall 2004,
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flag Lecture 11: Fourier Analysis - Time Evolution of Pulses on Strings
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flag Lecture 10: Exam 1 Review
as author at  MIT 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves - Fall 2004,
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flag Lecture 9: Musical Instruments - Sound Cavities - Normal Modes
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flag Lecture 8: Traveling Waves - Boundary Conditions - Standing Waves - Sound (Longitudinal Waves) - Energy in Waves
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flag Lecture 7: Many Coupled Oscillators - Wave Equation - Transverse Traveling Pulses and Waves
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flag Lecture 6: Driven Coupled Oscillators - Triple Pendulum - Steady State and Transient Solutions - Cramer's Rule
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flag Lecture 5: Coupled Oscillators
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flag Lecture 4: Forced Oscillations - Power at Resonance (Resonance Absorption, Resonance Width, Quality Q) - Transient Phenomena (General Solutions including Initial Conditions)
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flag Lecture 3: Forced Oscillations with Damping Information about the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
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flag Lecture 2: Beats - Damped Free Oscillations (Under- Over- and Critically Damped) - Quality Q
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flag Lecture 1: Periodic Phenomena (Oscillations, Waves) - SHO - Complex Notation - Differential Equations - Physical Pendulum
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interview
flag Introduction to the MIT 8.03 course
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flag The Mystery of Light
as author at  MIT World Series: Chandra Astrophysics Institute 2005,
1194 views
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flag The Sounds of Music
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flag The Birth and Death of Stars
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1005 views
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flag Polarization: Light Waves, Rainbows, and Cheap Sunglasses
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  introduction
flag Introduction to the MIT 8.02 course
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag How to Make Teaching Come Alive
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flag Lecture 32: Review Exam 3
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flag Lecture 1: What holds our world together? Electric Charges (Historical), Polarization, Electric Force, Coulomb's Law
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flag Lecture 2: Electric Field, Field Lines, Superposition, Inductive Charging, Dipoles, Induced Dipoles
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flag Lecture 3: Electric Flux, Gauss's Law, Examples
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flag Lecture 4: Electrostatic Potential, Electric Energy, eV, Conservative Field, Equipotential Surfaces
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flag Lecture 5: E = -grad V, More on Equipotential Surfaces, Conductors, Electrostatic Shielding (Faraday Cage)
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flag Lecture 6: High-Voltage Breakdown, Lightning, Sparks - St. Elmo's Fire
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flag Lecture 7: Capacitance, Field Energy
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flag Lecture 8: Polarization, Dielectrics, The Van de Graaff, More on Capacitors
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flag Lecture 9: Currents, Resistivity, Ohm's Law
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flag Lecture 10: Batteries, EMF, Energy Conservation, Power, Kirchhoff's Rules, Circuits, Kelvin Water Dropper
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flag Lecture 11: Magnetic field, Lorentz Force, Torques, Electric Motors (DC), Oscilloscope
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flag Lecture 12: Review Exam 1 (Secret Top!)
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flag Lecture 13: Moving Charges in B-fields, Cyclotron, Synchrotron, Mass Spectrometer, Cloud Chamber
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flag Lecture 14: Biot-Savart Law, Gauss' Law for Magnetic Fields, Revisit the "Leyden Jar", High-Voltage Power Lines
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 15: Ampere's Law, Solenoids, Revisit the Kelvin Water Dropper, Midterm Evaluation
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 16: Electromagnetic Induction, Faraday's Law, Lenz Law, Complete Breakdown of Intuition, Non-Conservative Fields
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flag Lecture 17: Motional EMF, Dynamos, Eddy Currents, Magnetic Braking
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flag Lecture 18: Displacement Current (Difficult Concept), Synchronous Motors, Induction Motors, Secret Top, How does it work?
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 19: How do Magicians levitate women? (with demo), Electric Shock Treatment (no demo), Electrocardiogram (with demo), Pacemakers, Superconductivity (with demo), Levitating Bullet Trains, Aurora Borealis
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flag Lecture 20: Inductance, RL Circuits, Magnetic Field Energy
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 21: Magnetic Materials, Dia-, Para-, and Ferromagnetism, Prize Ceremony of Motor Contest
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flag Lecture 22: Hysteresis, Electromagnets, Bohr Magneton, Maxwell's Equations, 600 daffodils
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
2268 views
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flag Lecture 23: Review Exam 2
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 24: Transformers, Car Coils, RC Circuits
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 25: Driven LRC Circuits, Resonance, Metal Detectors (Beach/Airport)
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 26: Traveling Waves, Standing Waves, Musical Instruments
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 27: Resonance, Destructive Resonance, Electromagnetic Waves, Speed of Light, Radio - TV, Distance Determinations using Radar and Lasers
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
2640 views
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flag Lecture 28: Index of Refraction, Poynting Vector, Oscillating Charges, Radiation Pressure, Comet Tails, Polarization (Linear, Elliptical, and Circular)
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
1887 views
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flag Lecture 29: Snell's Law, Refraction, Total Reflection, Dispersion, Prisms, Huygens's Principle, The Illusion of Color, The Weird Benham Top, Land's Famous Demo
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 30: Polarizers, Malus's Law, Brewster Angle, Polarization by Reflection and Scattering, Why is the sky blue? Why are sunsets red? The sun will set in the lecture hall!
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 31: Rainbows, A modest rainbow will appear in the lecture hall! Fog Bows, Supernumerary Bows, Polarization of the Bows, Halos around the Sun and the Moon, Mock Suns
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flag Lecture 33: Double-Slit Interference, Interferometers
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flag Lecture 34: Gratings, Resolving Power, Single-Slit Diffraction, Angular Resolution, Human Eye, Telescopes
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flag Lecture 35: Doppler Effect, The Big Bang, Cosmology
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 36: Farewell Special, Bring a Friend!
as author at  MIT 8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism - Spring 2002,
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flag Lecture 35: Farewell Special - High-energy Astrophysics
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
3248 views
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flag Lecture 34: The Wonderful Quantum World - Breakdown of Classical Mechanics
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 33: Kinetic Gas Theory - Ideal Gas Law - Isothermal Atmosphere - Phase Diagrams - Phase Transitions
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
6692 views
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flag Lecture 32: Heat - Thermal Expansion
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 31 - Forced Oscillations - Normal Modes - Resonance - Natural Frequencies - Musical Instruments
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 30: Simple Harmonic Oscillations - Energy Considerations - Torsional Pendulum
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
4539 views
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flag Lecture 29: Exam Review 3
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 28: Hydrostatics - Archimedes' Principle - Fluid Dynamics - What Makes Your Boat Float? - Bernoulli's Equation
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 27: Fluid Mechanics - Pascal's Principle - Hydrostatics - Atmospheric Pressure - Over Pressure in Lungs and Tires
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 26: Elasticity - Young's Modulus
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flag Lecture 25: Static Equilibrium - Stability - Rope Walker
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 24: Rolling Motion - Gyroscopes - VERY NON-INTUITIVE
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 23: Doppler Effect - Binary Stars - Neutron Stars and Black Holes
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 22: Kepler's Laws - Elliptical Orbits - Satellites - Change of Orbits - Ham Sandwich
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 21: Torques - Oscillating Bodies - Hoops
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 20: Angular Momentum - Torques - Conservation of Angular Momentum - Spinning Neutron Stars - Stellar Collapse
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 19: Rotating Rigid Bodies - Moment of Inertia - Parallel Axis and Perpendicular Axis Theorem - Rotational Kinetic Energy - Fly Wheels - Neutron Stars - Pulsars
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
15974 views
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flag Lecture 18: Exam Review 2
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 17: Impulse - Rockets
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flag Lecture 16: Collisions - Elastic and Inelastic - Center of Mass Frame of Reference
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 15: Momentum - Conservation of Momentum - Center of Mass
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 14: Escape Velocities - Bound and Unbound Orbits - Circular Orbits - Various Forms of Energy - Power
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 13: Potential Energy - Energy Considerations to Derive Simple Harmonic Motion
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 12: Non-Conservative Forces - Resistive Forces - Air Drag - Terminal Velocity
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 11: Work - Kinetic Energy - Potential Energy - Conservative Forces - Conservation of Mechanical Energy - Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
20094 views
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flag Lecture 10: Hooke's Law - Springs - Simple Harmonic Motion - Pendulum - Small Angle Approximation
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
17459 views
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flag Lecture 9: Exam Review 1
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
2849 views
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flag Lecture 8: Friction
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
7673 views
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flag Lecture 7: Weight - Perceived Gravity - Weightlessness Free Fall - Zero Gravity in Orbit (misnomer)
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 6: Newton's Laws
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flag Lecture 5: Circular Motion - Centrifuges Moving - Reference Frames - Perceived Gravity
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 4: 3D Kinematics - Free Falling Reference Frames
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 3: Vectors - Dot Products - Cross Products - 3D Kinematics
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 2: 1D Kinematics - Speed - Velocity - Acceleration
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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  event
flag MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999
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interview
flag Interview with Walter H. Lewin
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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  promotional video
flag Promotional Video
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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flag Lecture 1: Powers of Ten - Units - Dimensions - Measurements - Uncertainties - Dimensional Analysis - Scaling Arguments
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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  introduction
flag Introduction to the MIT 8.01 course
as author at  MIT 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics - Fall 1999,
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