Featured Course Archive: January-March 2010

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Marathon Moral Reasoning Laboratory expands on a
classic set of "trolley questions" involving whether
it is permissible to take one human life in order to
save several others.

March 30, 2010: Marathon Moral Reasoning Laboratory

A new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes a surprising link between magnets and morality. The study suggests that a person's moral judgment can be manipulated with a magnetic pulse to the brain.

Manipulated or not, moral reasoning is complex and infinitely debatable. Explore these complexities in Marathon Moral Reasoning.

 

 

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March 25, 2010: Molecular Chips

MIT researchers have developed "copolymers" that will allow chip manufacturers to take molecules and arrange them into complex patterns on silicon chips. The technology makes the production of self-assembling molecular chips easier than using the current process.

To learn more about technology at the molecular level, try Submicrometer and Nanometer Technology.

 

 

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Photo by sparktography on Flickr.

March 22, 2010: Ask an Engineer

How many wind turbines would it take to power all of New York City? About 4,000, according to Paul Sclavounos, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. Read his full explanation in the latest edition of Ask an Engineer.

For more from Sclavounos, take a look at Ocean Wave Interaction with Ships and Offshore Energy Systems.

 

 

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2010 MacVicar fellows, from left to right, Rajeev Ram,
Krishna Rajagopal, Norvin Richards and Anette (Peko)
Hosoi. © suzanne camarata photography

March 19, 2010: MacVicar Faculty Fellow: Norvin Richards

Linguistics and Philosophy professor Norvin Richards has been named as a 2010 MacVicar Faculty Fellow. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program was established in 1992 to honor the life and devotion to teaching excellence of Margaret MacVicar, MIT's first dean for undergraduate education.

Richards's Introduction to Linguistics is available on OCW.

 

 

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2010 MacVicar fellows, from left to right, Rajeev Ram,
Krishna Rajagopal, Norvin Richards and Anette (Peko)
Hosoi. © suzanne camarata photography

March 18, 2010: MacVicar Faculty Fellow: Rajeev Ram

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science professor Rajeev Ram has been named as a 2010 MacVicar Faculty Fellow. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program was established in 1992 to honor the life and devotion to teaching excellence of Margaret MacVicar, MIT's first dean for undergraduate education.

Ram's Semiconductor Optoelectronics: Theory and Design is available on OCW.

 

 

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2010 MacVicar fellows, from left to right, Rajeev Ram,
Krishna Rajagopal, Norvin Richards and Anette (Peko)
Hosoi. © suzanne camarata photography

March 17, 2010: MacVicar Faculty Fellow: Krishna Rajagopal

Physics professor Krishna Rajagopal has been named as a 2010 MacVicar Faculty Fellow. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program was established in 1992 to honor the life and devotion to teaching excellence of Margaret MacVicar, MIT's first dean for undergraduate education.

Rajagopal's Quantum Physics III is available on OCW.

 

 

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2010 MacVicar fellows, from left to right, Rajeev Ram,
Krishna Rajagopal, Norvin Richards and Anette (Peko)
Hosoi. © suzanne camarata photography

March 16, 2010: MacVicar Faculty Fellow: Anette (Peko) Hosoi

Mechanical Engineering professor Anette (Peko) Hosoi has been named as a 2010 MacVicar Faculty Fellow. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program was established in 1992 to honor the life and devotion to teaching excellence of Margaret MacVicar, MIT's first dean for undergraduate education.

Hosoi's Compressible Fluid Dynamics is available on OCW.

 

 

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Photo by Andy Ryan.

March 9, 2010: A New Home for the MIT Media Lab

The MIT Media Lab's new home officially opened last Friday, providing much-needed space for several departments on campus, including Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences.

 

 

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Prof. Slocum poses with Team Hamantashen during
the 2006 Latke-Hamentashen Debate.
Photo by L. Barry Hetherington.

March 4, 2010: Alex Slocum

MIT News Office's recent profile of Professor Alex Slocum tells all about the man, the research, the Hawaiian shirts – and in particular the practical research that goes in 2.75 Precision Machine Design.

 

 

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March 1, 2010: Introduction to Geology

How are rocks formed? What are plate tectonics and why do earthquakes happen? Learn all of this and more in Introduction to Geology.

 

 

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Photo by Flickmor on Flickr.

February 25, 2010: Banking on Mobile Money

A new study from MIT economist Tavneet Suri sheds light on the impact of a mobile phone-based money system in the developing economy of Kenya. If you're interested in developing mobile phone-based technology, take a look at NextLab I: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users.

 

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February 22, 2010: Introduction to Special Relativity

Four weeks to understanding Lorentz contraction, time dilation, the "twin paradox", and E=mc2? You can do it with Introduction to Special Relativity.

 

 

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Photo of a Stirling engine by D Guisinger on Flickr.

February 16, 2010: National Engineers Week

Celebrate National Engineers Week by tackling one of the many introductory engineering courses available on OCW such as Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design, Introduction to Bioengineering, Introduction to Computers and Engineering Problem Solving, or Introduction to Computer Science and Programming.

 

 

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Photo by Chapendra on Flickr.

February 11, 2010: Weight Training

With the 2010 Winter Olympics starting this week, you might be thinking it's time to get into shape. Weight Training on OCW has videos that show proper form to use when you hit the gym.

 

 

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February 8, 2010: Introduction to Education: Understanding and Evaluating Education

Explore issues in schools and education in this course that observes students in pre-college math and science. Topics include curriculum design, standards in math and science education, and methods of instruction.

 

 

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Photo by presta on Flickr.

February 4, 2010: Gates Letter Cites MIT OpenCourseWare Materials

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2010 annual letter, Mr. Gates singles out MIT OpenCourseWare video lectures from Professors Don Sadoway and Walter Lewin as exemplary of the kinds of digital resources that can have transformative impact on education. "If you are going to take the time to listen to a lecture, you should hear it from the very best. Now that finding and watching videos is a standard part of the Internet experience, we can put great teachers' lectures online."

Read more

 

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Photo by Wiedmaier on Flickr.

February 1, 2010: Bus Day in Bangalore

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation will hold the first ever Bus Day on February 4 to encourage public transportation use. Emissions and congestion will be monitored to see the impact of fewer personal vehicles on the road for even a single day.

Learn more about the global challenge of moving city dwellers from place to place in Urban Transportation Planning.

 

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Photo by monmimoun on Flickr.

January 28, 2010: OCW Course Champions and Underwriting

Last fall OCW began a pilot Course Champion program to recognize individuals for annual support of specific courses. Today we begin a new pilot program to diversify the site's revenue sources: underwriting.

Read more

 

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Photo by rogersmj on Flickr.

January 25, 2010: Guitar Building

Learn the physics responsible for producing music with electronic-stringed instruments in Guitar Building on Highlights for High School. Students in this course designed their own guitar bodies, constructed pick-ups, assembled their creations, and then played a song for the class.

 

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January 20, 2010: OCW on Flickr

As part of our publishing process, MIT OpenCourseWare produces 750 original commissioned images each year. Recently we've begun adding these images to Flickr for use under the same Creative Commons license as the rest of our content.

 

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January 15, 2010: Modern Blacksmithing

Through detailed photographs showing each step in the process, Modern Blacksmithing and Physical Metallurgy introduces students to metallurgy in a hands-on way. Projects include a bottle opener, a table and an iron heart.

 

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Photo by Jill on Flickr.

January 11, 2010: Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering

Considering a career in science or engineering education? Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering covers how to teach equations, tips for designing homework, why PowerPoint isn't always the best classroom tool, and suggestions for planning courses. Be sure to check out the Video Discussions.

 

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January 7, 2010: Desalination and Water Purification

Water supply is a problem of worldwide concern: more than 1 billion people do not have reliable access to clean drinking water. The challenge is to convert brackish ground water or seawater into drinking water with minimum cost and energy consumption, and with appropriately accessible technologies. Desalination and Water Purification looks at water purification by desalination and filtration with a focus on energy efficiency.

 

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Photo by cowrin on Flickr

January 4, 2010: Energy Studies at MIT

USA Today reports that US colleges are adding green and energy studies to their curricular offerings. Many courses from MIT's minor in energy studies are available on OCW.