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Surface Dynamics Lab TRIBOLOGY – Future Experiments

Tribology experiments of highest priority

Electrostatic measurements of PTFE — charge Transfer;  triboelectric effects.


Upcoming Workshops (and Lunch and Learn) for Instructors–Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) hosts the following workshops and events for the next two weeks listed below:

Week 7
Canvas 101: Introduction to Building within Canvas–Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Basic Quizzes in Canvas–Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Assignments and Grade Book in Canvas–Thursday, Oct. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Week 8
Using iClickers in Your Classroom–Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Canvas 101: Introduction to Building within Canvas–Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Lunch and Learn: A Blended Learning Buffet–Thursday, Oct. 25 from noon to 1p.m.

Space is limited for many workshops. Many (but not all) workshops are now being held in CTL, located in office 219 of the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library.

To register and learn more about these workshops, see Instructional Resources. Refer to the Center’s website for information about other instructional resources, including walk-in hours for Canvas, online tutorials and more.


Boundary conditions for the interface of a metal and vacuum.

List of Free Online Physics Courses, Lectures and Learning Materials

See our list of the top free online physics courses, lectures and learning materials. Learn what courses are available and what topics they cover to find the course that’s right for you.

Information on Free Online Physics Courses, Lectures and Learning Materials

The courses listed below don’t require enrollment, but they also don’t grant college credit. Students can also access free learning materials offered by colleges and universities to supplement their online studies. Special software, such as media players or document readers, may be required to access materials.

Free Online Physics Courses, Lectures and Learning Materials

Fields at State University of New York – Stony Brook

Fields is an online physics textbook written by Professor Warren Siegel of SUNY – Stony Brook. The text focuses specifically on quantum field theory and claims to discuss standard topics of field theory in a fresh, new way. It also features working hyperlinks to referenced papers.

Fundamentals of Physics I at Yale University

This Open Yale course consists of 24 class sessions. Each session has an audio lecture, video lecture and transcript, as well as assignments with solutions. Students will learn about basic principles of physics, including gravity, thermodynamics, relativity and waves. A textbook is required to get the most out of the course.

General Physics I at University of Michigan

Students are introduced to mechanics in this course, with topics including Newton’s laws, torque and angular momentum. They can download lecture notes and exam reviews. Students can also access interactive exercises that demonstrate various principles.

Interactive Simulations at University of Colorado – Boulder

This site offers more than 90 online simulations of physics experiments. Students can manipulate data to test band structure, charges and fields, friction and other types of scientific phenomena related to physics. The simulations come with teacher’s guides for learning.

Introduction to Modern Physics at Tufts University

In this undergraduate course, students look at relativity and explore the principles of quantum mechanics. They can download slides of lecture notes and several years of exams and solutions. Topics covered include electron waves, atoms, molecules and radiation. A textbook is required, and other readings are recommended, to fully learn from the course.

Nuclear Warfare at the University of Notre Dame

This course is offered to non-science majors by the university’s physics department. Students look at the physics behind the workings of nuclear weapons and also explore the atmospheric, medical and biological effects of all types of weapons of mass destruction. They can download lecture notes and are given a list of additional readings, some of which can be found on the Internet for free.

Physics I at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This class provides 36 weeks of lecture notes with illustrations, as well as assignments and exams with solutions. This is an introductory course, and no prerequisite coursework is needed. Students will learn about energy and forces, Newton’s laws, particle dynamics and other fundamental principles of physics.

Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This online course consists of 22 PDFs of lecture notes, plus exams and assignments (without solutions). Physics I is a prerequisite. Students will expand upon the content areas they studied in Physics I; topics covered include energy density, conductors, currents, circuits, magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation.

Physics III: Vibrations and Waves at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This is a comprehensive course that includes 23 video lectures, some lecture notes and assignments and exams, both with solutions. Students will learn about vibrations and waves, including how they are manifested in such everyday experiences as music, rainbows and red sunsets. Two textbooks are required to benefit as much as possible from the course.

Physics Courses at University of California – Berkeley

This link leads to a variety of physics courses, each of which has multiple video lectures. There are a few introductory physics courses that discuss kinetics, waves, electricity, heat, radioactivity and optics, among other topics. Another course delves more into thermal physics and statistics, and one course is designed for aspiring engineers and scientists.

Quantum Mechanics at Utah State University

Students should have a basic understanding of quantum mechanics after completing this course. They can download 37 sets of lecture notes that cover topics like angular momentum, stationary states, hyperfine structure and spin correlations. Students who purchase the textbook can also complete homework assignments, though no solutions are given