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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private land-grant research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Established in 1861, MIT has since played a key role (MIT150) in the development of modern technology and science, ranking it among the most prestigious academic institutions in the world.Founded in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. The institute has an urban campus that extends more than a mile (1.6 km) alongside the Charles River, and encompasses a number of major off-campus facilities such as the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Bates Center, and the Haystack Observatory, as well as affiliated laboratories such as the Broad and Whitehead Institutes.
As of June 2021, 97 Nobel laureates, 26 Turing Award winners, and 8 Fields Medalists have been affiliated with MIT as alumni, faculty members, or researchers. In addition, 58 National Medal of Science recipients, 29 National Medals of Technology and Innovation recipients, 50 MacArthur Fellows, 80 Marshall Scholars, 3 Mitchell Scholars, 22 Schwarzman Scholars, 9 Knight-Hennessy Scholars, 41 astronauts, and 16 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force have been affiliated with MIT. The university also has a strong entrepreneurial culture and MIT alumni have founded or co-founded many notable companies. MIT is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

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  1. Z

    What are some resources for learning about physics as a hobbyist?

    I am a math PhD working in software/technology who is a physics hobbyist. I’ve gone through MIT 8.01 - 8.05 courses and watched and worked through a number of additional videos and problems. My interest is mostly getting exposure to more ideas through the community. I don’t plan on trying to...
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    Chemistry Help Needed with Chemistry MIT Course Question

    Hello, I have a doubt in a question from a chemistry MIT course: My attempt is attached. The formula given in the lecture is D = Do * exp(-Ea + Delta Gn)/RT However, they don't explain what Delta Gn is, I suppose it is Gibbs free energy, but as the statement doesn't give any other extra energy...
  3. Z

    MIT OCW, 8.02 Electromagnetism: Potential for an Electric Dipole

    Here is a depiction of the problem a) The potential at any point P due to a charge q is given by ##\frac{kq}{r}=\frac{kq}{\lvert \vec{r}_s-\vec{r}_P \rvert}##, where ##r## is the distance from the charge to point P, which is the length of the vector difference between ##\vec{r}_s##, the...
  4. Z

    MIT OCW, 8.02, Electromagnetism: Charged Cylindrical Shell

    Here is figure 2.16.6 Here is the picture I drew to set up the problem My first question is if the reasoning and integrals are correct. I used Maple to compute the three integrals. The first two result in 0, which makes sense by symmetry. Maple can't seem to solve the last integral.
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    Medical Student who misses physics

    G'day from Australia! I loved physics and maths in high school and I have been trying to teach myself some physics on the side whilst doing another course at university. So far, I have read and done problems from "Introduction to Thermal Physics (Schroeder)" [I got up to around 7.4] and...
  6. TGV320

    Courses Question about studying Thermodynamics via the MIT online lectures

    Hello, Following previous advice for self studying, I am now looking at the physics curriculum of MIT through this link. http://catalog.mit.edu/subjects/8/ But at first I didn't find a course for thermodynamics, for the Phys I/II/III courses of the list don't provide it. Then I found that...
  7. B

    Understanding the Basics of FFT for Image Processing

    if you watch this Video : The Julia Programming Language at time marker 28:00, You will see that Grant takes an FFT of an Image. In order to do a FFT, you need to know the sampling rate, but what is the sampling rate of one image? And what if your image is not size 2^N ? Does the program just...
  8. Z

    MIT OCW 8.02 Electromagnetism: how were these two limits calculated?

    I know what the answers are, because this is all part of the notes from MIT OCW's 8.02 Electromagnetism course. In case you want to see the actual problem, it is example 2.3 that starts on page 18; the limits I am asking about are on page 20. How do I go about calculating the limits? Ie, what...
  9. Z

    MIT 8.01: Unwinding Drum Problem

    I'm self-studying MIT OCW's 8.01, Introduction to Classical Mechanics Course. I am on the final week, where the topic is translational and rotational motion. I was following along the course notes and reached an example which I'd like to dive a bit deeper into, but I am not sure how. The problem...
  10. T

    Music MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Music, and.... SPIDERS

    What a combination. https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/mit-scientists-help-spiders-make-music/ Or if you don't want to read the article, here is a link to the video at the end:
  11. nduka-san

    Misc. MIT Think Competition Project — Farming Robot

    this is a revision of an older thread that was not well organized and didn't have the full details of my project I am now restarting to get a better response from the community but keep the jokes those were pretty funny. BACKGROUND: 1 My goal is to make some revisions and finish a second idea...
  12. MichaelTam

    Hitting a rocket with a projectile

    A person standing a distance 𝑑 from the rocket launch site shoots a projectile at 𝑡=0 at an initial speed 𝑣0 at an angle 𝜃0 with respect to the horizontal as shown in the figure above. The projectile hits the rocket just when the rocket reaches its maximum height. The downward gravitational...
  13. e_mts

    Real and Complex representations of an oscillation equation

    I've been trying to continue my education by self-teaching during quarantine (since I can't really go to college right now) with the MIT Opencourseware courses. I landed on one section that's got me stuck for a while which is the second part of this problem (I managed to finish the first part...
  14. scottdave

    MIT offers the "missing CS course"

    MIT has created a new course they call the "missing semester" in computer science. https://missing.csail.mit.edu/ It looks interesting - shell scripts, command line, version management, to name a few.
  15. cellist542

    Admissions Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Purdue, Stanford Admissions - How to stand out?

    I am currently a sophomore in high school and will have taken 7 science and 7 math courses (including AP Physics, AP Chem, AP Bio, AP Calc AB, AP Calc BC, AP Programming in Java, AP Statistics) by the time I graduate. I am on the cross country team, indoor and outdoor track teams, orchestra...
  16. preachingpirate24

    Admissions Chances of Getting into MIT as an International Student from India

    Hey! I'm a 11th grader right now, and I'm really interested in majoring in physics, and maybe engineering too. Now, I know that it's really hard to get into MIT, Harvard, Caltech, and all those really great institutes with amazing physics undergrad courses (The best in the world apparently...
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    Who has the more promising fusion approach, MIT or ITER?

    There's an MIT lecture on youtube where they talk about novel high temperature super conductors and how it will vastly benefit fusion. He claims that these higher temperature super conductors can generate a stronger magnetic field with just liquid nitrogen. They also claim that keeping the...
  18. lekh2003

    How Does Energy Transformation Occur in Quantum Orbital Mechanics?

    Homework Statement Homework Equations I've used: ##mv^2/r## = Centripetal ##q^2/r^2## = Force pulling the electron in A bunch of other ones which I really can't be bothered listing. The Attempt at a Solution I managed to get Part A of the question using pretty simple methods. I set ##mv^2/r...
  19. BillTre

    1982 MIT Pranking of Harvard-Yale (American) Football Game

    I just saw this on ESPN (I never heard of this before) and found it hilarious: An MIT frat buried a device under that turf of the football field and during the game triggered it to poke up out of the ground and inflate a weather balloon with MIT written all over it. The prank was 4 years in...
  20. Adgorn

    Admissions MIT admission: weight of core subject grades

    Hello and thank you for bothering to read this long mess . I have just finished high school and after researching the best universities for majoring physics I've decided to try getting admitted into MIT (I don't live in the states and my country [Israel] has mandatory military service so don't...
  21. S

    Other Where Can I Find MIT Physics General Exams from 2002 and After 2012?

    Hello! I solved the MIT physics graduate general exams (the Part 2 from http://web.mit.edu/physics/current/graduate/sampleexams.html) and they are super useful to consolidate your knowledge in the areas they cover. Does anyone know where (and if) I can find the exams between 2002 and 2012 and...
  22. Prof Sabi

    Schools Should I add KSP in my MIT college application?

    Hello family, :smile: I am applying to MIT this year for fall of 2019 in dept of Aero And Astro I am seeking for some advice, that if there is any space for adding KSP missions(Obviously successful ones) in my college application and also some of Astrodynamics and Astrophysics I know... My Mini...
  23. AryaKimiaghalam

    Schools Do Harvard and MIT students have a 145 IQ average?

    Hi, I've heard that Harvard and MIT students have an average IQ of 145. It looks very odd to me because I think it's ridiculously high. In my University the average is said to be around 123. Does anybody have any recourses about this topic? I'm trying to decide whether to have MIT as a goal, or...
  24. jedishrfu

    News Meet SOFI The MIT Robotic Fish

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2164331-watch-this-robotic-fish-flap-its-fins-in-fijis-rainbow-reef/ https://www.geeky-gadgets.com/mit-sofi-robotic-fish-22-03-2018/ Sofi is a robotic fish capable of autonomous or wireless control (ultrasound) swiming for 40 mins via lithium batteries at a...
  25. R

    Classical Mechanics Exercises from MIT: Solutions Included

    Can someone give me the link to MIT exercises of classical mechanics, please? I found a lot of links, but I can’t find exercises and the solutions also. Thank you very much!
  26. V

    How to get into Harvard, MIT or Princeton from India?

    Hi everyone, I am a 10th grader studying in India. I want to know what it will take to get into universities like Harvard, MIT, etc. I have been getting 10 CGPA from class 6th to 9th,and i hope to score well in my boards. I am also a 5th grade pianist(Trinity) and I hope to complete upto 7...
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    Classical Mechanics, MIT 8.01 -- Useful learning resource?

    Hello all. This is my first post. I am very passionate with physics even if i did not study them at university. I studied administation and another degree in economics and politics. However, i love physics so much and i decided to learn more about this subject. So, i searched MIT's undegraduate...
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    Schools Research sites like MIT News or Scientific American (for a high school student)

    Do you know of any good websites like MIT News or Scientific American where the cutting edge research is shared in as simple way that a high school student can understand?
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    Admissions Can a Student with a 3.5 GPA and Hyperhidrosis Thrive at MIT?

    I am a 16 year old American of Indian (country) descent, bent on entering MIT. I suffer from a condition of excessive blushing and sweaty hands known as hyperhidrosis. This has affected my school performance, leaving me with a 3.5 unweighted GPA at the beginning of my second semester of junior...
  30. R

    Schools Admittance into MIT Physics Grad School with an Undergraduate Engineering Degree

    Hello all, This is my first post here. I will be transferring to University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) in the fall with two associates degrees in Art and Science. I was accepted into the School of Mechanical Engineering. My original plan was to finish my undergrad, then go to grad...
  31. Kevin McHugh

    MIT Develops Compressed Graphene Sponge with Endless Uses

    http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/01/mit-makes-compressed-graphene-sponge.html My first thought was coal exhaust scrubber technology. But there seem to so many applications.
  32. AdrianMachin

    Measurement Uncertainty Problem in MIT OCW 8.01x

    Homework Statement What's the answer to (0.781±0.002)/(0.551±0.002)? Well, here is the answer (1.417±0.008) that professor Walter Lewin said in one of his videos. I checked this in an online uncertainty calculator and it turned out 1.417±0.006. Homework Equations n/a The Attempt at a...
  33. Nikto

    Homework sets for Intro Optics/Waves (e.g. MIT 8.03)

    Can anyone recommend published homework sets even without solutions for an intro to waves/optics course, the 3rd of a typical 3-course intro physics sequence? I had been following MIT's intro sequence (8.01, 8,02, 8.03) while taking a course that follows Halliday/Resnick, which I do not find...
  34. kubaanglin

    Admissions Do I have a chance to get into MIT?

    I am currently attending UC Santa Cruz as a freshman majoring in electrical engineering. I want to transfer to MIT to major in nuclear engineering (UCSC like most schools doesn't offer nuclear engineering). During high school, I spent most of my time building various devices such as Tesla coils...
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    I Understanding the Chain Rule in Derivatives: An Analysis of MIT Lecture Video

    While solving an equation, the lecturer was using substitution in this video: x=au was subbed in for Psi at timestamp 39:27 d/dx = (1/a)(d/du). I get that. But then the second derivative is stated as being d2/dx2 = (1/a2)(d2/du2) How is it (1/a2) if we do not know if there is an "a" in the...
  36. Zero-shift

    MIT graduates cannot power a light bulb with a battery

    Now, to be honest, I can comfortably light it with TWO piece of wires and not ONE. So , was it a trick question? Technically, those are havard grads. Please weigh in.
  37. Peter25samaha

    Schools MIT university -- Good for both undergrad and graduate physics?

    MIT University is good for taking both graduated and undergraduated physics courses ?
  38. P

    Classical How good are the MIT introductory physics series?

    I was wondering, are the MIT introductory series any good compared to, let's say, Halliday and Resnick ? Any opninion ?
  39. P

    Admissions MIT and Caltech Admissions Policy for International Students

    It is true that if you apply for mit or caltech and you get refused uou can't apply anymore even as a transfer or for grad school? (as a international student)
  40. kamaljit

    Need suggestion on an MIT OCW material

    Hi i would be glad if someone can help me on this. I am having a bit of trouble in understanding why the upper limit of integration over "r" is infinity in the MIT open course material on Electric field page #16 by Prof Markus Zahn (material attached as a link to the pdf). Please help. Thanks...
  41. A

    How can the simplification of equation I.4 using equation I.5 be justified?

    I was studying zeroth law from MIT Courseware (http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-333-statistical-mechanics-i-statistical-mechanics-of-particles-fall-2013/lecture-notes/MIT8_333F13_Lec1.pdf). On page 2, it is mentioned that equation I.4 can be simplified using equation I.5 by cancelling the...
  42. circulos meos

    Attempting to transfer to MIT (wishful thinking I know)

    Hello, For a while now, I've been dreaming of attending MIT. My question is: What would the sucessful transfer application of a physics major look like? -would I have a better chance of acceptance based on the fact that physics is less common that say engineering? -does high school stuff...
  43. PWiz

    MIT Interview waived - good or bad?

    I am applying to MIT (among other universities) for undergraduate studies under "Regular Decision" and I have been assigned an interviewer. My friend also applied to MIT, but under Early Action, and his interview was waived. I was wondering what this meant for him and me (his admissions result...
  44. Greg Bernhardt

    MIT - Faster optimization

    http://news.mit.edu/2015/faster-optimization-algorithm-1023 PDF: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1508.04874v1.pdf
  45. S

    Quantum Field Theory Online Courses?

    I wanting to do an introductory Quantum Field theory course in my spare time. And although there are a couple available, they are not very beneficial without solutions to the problem sets. I am also looking at the course on the MIT open courseware website: "8.323: Relativistic Quantum Field...
  46. T

    Admissions Admissions for Aerospace Engineering

    What are the best colleges for getting an degree in Aerospace Engineering ? I've heard about MIT. What are the requirements for an Indian student to get into MIT after 12th ? And what other top instititues are these apart from MIT for AE and what are the requirements and exams one should give to...
  47. W

    Programs MIT Physics Degree Requirements

    Hi everyone. I'm very interested in learning physics. I did physics for two years in High School but dropped it on the last year. Currently I am doing a International Business Degree in NZ. I'm posting here because I have questions about how to form a physics degree at MIT. The reason I'm doing...
  48. T

    Are the Physics exams in Uni long or short?

    I'm asking because I'm slow when it comes to mathematics in Physics exams , and I was wondering if Universities cater for people who are slow thinkers by making Physics exams longer than high school exams?