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MIT lectures

  1. Mar 19, 2010 #1
    I have seen some MIT lecture videos on you tube.i am a high school student of India and i can easily follow most of topics covered in these lectures. In fact we learn many of the topics in greater detail in high schools here in india.
    Is this because the indian syllabus is rigorous or is this the case everywhere?
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  3. Mar 19, 2010 #2
    Probably the lectures are thought for students of a lower level or they are general introductory and students are supposed do the more rigorous stuff by themselves.
  4. Mar 19, 2010 #3
    Watch some more before you comment. I am assuming you have seen Walter Lewin's course.

    These lectures are at a very basic level.

    Good high school students across the globe should be able to follow these lectures. Again, I still assume you have watched Walter Lewin's series.
  5. Mar 19, 2010 #4
    yes, i watched only walter lewin's, and i have watched many of them. Is it because they are basic that they are included on youtube?
  6. Mar 19, 2010 #5
    I think a lot of foreigners have a more rigorous curriculim then the US. That is why I am jealous. I think most countries have students take multiple sciences starting in middle school. I am jealous I have a lot of people from india and the like and in my intro classes it was all review.

    At the end of the day everyone ends up in the same spot...

    Our education system sucks on the whole not all the fault lies on the teachers plenty of blame to go around
  7. Mar 19, 2010 #6
    A bit also depends on what grade you are. If you are near the end of your high school career and have taken physics, those lectures should be on par with your knowledge. If you are a freshman, you are probably ahead of the curve. The introductory lectures are exactly that, introductory.

    Moreover, in our system (as well as yours, perhaps?) physics is not mandatory. Thus, introductory physics courses do not assume any background in physics. Most don't assume any knowledge of calculus either. They just teach you the chain rule and don't do anything more complicated.

    In our system, a typical high school student who has taken physics should know the stuff in the Lewin lectures. A lot of students (especially at MIT) would have had high school courses far more rigorous. But not every student has had physics. In our system, if you have had physics in high school, you can test out of the introductory lectures. And at many schools they offer an algebra based course, a calculus based course, and an honors course (aimed at physics majors with a VERY strong background).

    Hope that helps!
  8. Mar 19, 2010 #7


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    No. For example you can see the videos of the professor Susskind. (Classical Mechanics, Relativity, etc.)
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