Learn about biomedical engineering from top names in the field and how to plot your own educational and career path. Take this course free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/so-you-want-become-biomedical-engineer-ieeex-biomed01x#! ABOUT THIS COURSE Want to become a biomedical engineer but not sure where to focus or how to get there? This engineering course will give you an overview of this wildly popular and vast field, as you learn about more than two dozen areas of focus and get a peek at some of the cool and exciting advances going on at top institutions. Along the way, you’ll meet more than three dozen biomedical engineers—from top names in the field to those just starting their careers. Through exercises, you’ll get to think like a BME and experience the various areas to see which fits your interests and talents. Finally, once you have a better sense of where you’d like to focus, our educational and career advice will help show you how to get there. While targeted to students exploring a career in biomedical engineering, anyone curious about this fascinating field will find something of interest: from the thinking processes of pilots and baseball batters to an inside view of a beating heart to developments in bionics, exoskeletons, and nanotechnology. Join us on a journey through the world of biomedical engineering. Verified students are eligible to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs), valid toward continuing education requirements for many professional certifications. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN The breadth of the field of biomedical engineering Advances going on in each of the areas of focus How to select an area and degree program How other biomedical engineers got where they are How to chart your own career
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Learn fundamental principles of architecture — as an academic subject or a professional career — from a study of history’s important buildings. Take this course free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/architectural-imagination-harvardx-gsd1x#! ABOUT THIS COURSE Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. In this course, you will learn how to “read” architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement. Vivid analyses of exemplary buildings from a wide range of historical contexts, coupled with hands-on exercises in drawing and modeling, bring you close to the work of an actual architect or historian. Architecture is one of the most complexly negotiated and globally recognized cultural practices, both as an academic subject and a professional career. Its production involves all of the technical, aesthetic, political, and economic issues at play within a given society. Over the course of ten modules, we’ll examine some of history’s most important examples that show how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture’s complex aspirations. The first part of the course introduces the idea of the architectural imagination as a faculty that mediates sensuous experience and conceptual understanding. Two examples of the architectural imagination—perspective drawing and architectural typology—are explored through video presentations and hands-on exercises. You will be introduced to some of the challenges involved in writing architectural history, revealing that architecture does not always have a straightforward relationship to its own history. In the second set of modules, we address technology as a component of architecture’s realization and understanding. Architecture is embedded in contexts where technologies and materials of construction—glass and steel, reinforced concrete—are crucial agents of change. But a society’s technology does not determine its architectural forms. You will discover ways that innovative technology can enable and promote new aesthetic experiences, or disrupt age-old traditions. You will witness architecture’s ways of converting brute technical means into meaningful perceptions and textures of daily life. The interactions of architecture and modern technologies changed not only what could be built, but also what kinds of constructions could even be thought of as architecture. The final set of modules confronts architecture’s complex relationship to its social and historical contexts and its audiences, achievements, and aspirations. As a professional practice deeply embedded in society, architecture has social obligations and the aesthetic power to negotiate social change; to carry collective memories; even to express society’s utopian ideals. You will learn about what we call architecture’s power of representation, and see how architecture has a particular capacity to produce collective meaning and memories. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN How to read, analyze, and understand different forms of architectural representation Social and historical contexts behind major works of architecture Basic principles to produce your own architectural drawings and models Pertinent content for academic study or a professional career as an architect
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The Science of Happiness The first MOOC to teach positive psychology. Learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life. Register for The Science of Happiness from UC Berkeley at https://www.edx.org/courses. About this Course We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That's where this course comes in. "The Science of Happiness" is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this science, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives. Created by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond. What's more, "The Science of Happiness" will offer students practical strategies for nurturing their own happiness. Research suggests that up to 40 percent of happiness depends on our habits and activities. So each week, students will learn a new research-tested practice that fosters social and emotional well-being—and the course will help them track their progress along the way. The course's co-instructors, Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, are not only leading authorities on positive psychology but also gifted teachers skilled at making science feel fun and personal. They'll be joined by world-renowned experts discussing themes like empathy, mindfulness, and gratitude—experts including Rick Hanson, Barbara Fredrickson, Paul Ekman, Sonja Lyubomirsky, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Health professionals who register can earn continuing education units for their participation.
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Learn how to create profound innovation in a time of disruptive change by leading from the emerging future. Enroll at: https://www.edx.org/course/u-lab-transforming-business-society-self-mitx-15-s23x This highly experiential course is based on Theory U, a framework, method, and way of connecting to the more authentic aspects of our self. It introduces the variable of consciousness into management and the social sciences, and proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from. This approach to leading change is practiced by business, government, and civil society leaders around the world – many of whom you will meet during this course. During these six weeks, we will look at today’s environmental, social, and spiritual-cultural challenges and explore why it is that our societies collectively create results that, individually, nobody wants. We will introduce you to frameworks that enable you to identify the deeper structures and paradigms of thought that give rise to these issues. And we will invite you into a learning environment that is more personal, practical, relational, mindful, collective, and transformative than what you may have experienced in other online courses. Each week, you will: Engage in self-reflection (personal) Go out into the world and apply a specific tool (practical) Meet in a coaching circle with four fellow u.lab participants (relational) Be introduced to a mindfulness practice Join three live streamed classes in which all participants come together to learn in real time (collective) Engage in transformative practices that allow you to connect to your highest future potential Throughout the journey of the lab you will have ample opportunity to deepen your self-knowledge, develop new skills, form new relationships, and prototype the future that you want to create.
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Learn the theory and practice of controller design by building and then position-stabilizing a propeller-levitated arm. Take this course free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-control-system-design-first-mitx-6-302-0x#! ABOUT THIS COURSE Have you wondered about the design strategies behind temperature controllers, quad-copters, or self-balancing scooters? Are you interested in robotics, and have heard of, or tried, “line-following" or “PID control” and want to understand more? Feedback control is a remarkably pervasive engineering principle. Feedback control uses sensor data (e.g. brightness, temperature, or velocity) to adjust or correct actuation (e.g. steering angle, motor acceleration, or heater output), and you use it all the time, like when you steer a bicycle, catch a ball, or stand upright. But even though applications of feedback are very common, the subject is an uncommonly compelling example of mathematical theory guiding practical design. In this engineering course we will introduce you to the theory and practice of feedback control and provide a glimpse into this rich and beautiful subject. Each week we will begin with a mathematical description of a fundamental feedback concept, combined with on-line exercises to test your understanding, and will finish with you designing, implementing, measuring, and analyzing a hardware system, that you build, for controlling a propeller-levitated-arm feedback system. You will not need a background in calculus or software engineering to succeed in this class but you should be familiar with algebra and mechanical forces, have some exposure to complex numbers, and be comfortable with modifying mathematical formulas in short computer programs. This is a lab course, and in order to complete the weekly assignments, you will need to purchase/acquire a list of parts. To make sure you receive your parts before the class begins, you should register promptly, so that you can access the lists of parts and international vendors. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN - How to set up a control system and understand and optimize its performance (the Arduino-controlled propeller-levitated arm) - Modeling Feedback Control systems Using Difference Equations - What unstable systems are like, practically and mathematically - How to measure control system performance - How proportional, delta (aka derivative) and summation (aka integral) feedback reduce tracking errors and increase disturbance rejection
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Learning From Data Introductory Machine Learning course covering theory, algorithms and applications. Our focus is on real understanding, not just "knowing." Register for Learning From Data from Caltech at https://www.edx.org/course/caltechx/caltechx-cs1156x-learning-data-2516. About this Course This is an introductory course in machine learning (ML) that covers the basic theory, algorithms, and applications. ML is a key technology in Big Data, and in many financial, medical, commercial, and scientific applications. It enables computational systems to automatically learn how to perform a desired task based on information extracted from the data. ML has become one of the hottest fields of study today, taken up by undergraduate and graduate students from 15 different majors at Caltech. This course balances theory and practice, and covers the mathematical as well as the heuristic aspects. The lectures follow each other in a story-like fashion: What is learning? Can a machine learn? How to do it? How to do it well? Take-home lessons. The topics in the story line are covered by 18 lectures of about 60 minutes each plus Q&A. Lecture 1: The Learning Problem Lecture 2: Is Learning Feasible? Lecture 3: The Linear Model I Lecture 4: Error and Noise Lecture 5: Training versus Testing Lecture 6: Theory of Generalization Lecture 7: The VC Dimension Lecture 8: Bias-Variance Tradeoff Lecture 9: The Linear Model II Lecture 10: Neural Networks Lecture 11: Overfitting Lecture 12: Regularization Lecture 13: Validation Lecture 14: Support Vector Machines Lecture 15: Kernel Methods Lecture 16: Radial Basis Functions Lecture 17: Three Learning Principles Lecture 18: Epilogue
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An introduction to the study of bioethics and the application of legal and ethical reasoning. Take this course free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/bioethics-law-medicine-ethics-harvardx-hls4x#! ABOUT THIS COURSE Bioethics provides an overview of the legal, medical, and ethical questions around reproduction and human genetics and how to apply legal reasoning to these questions. This law course includes interviews with individuals who have used surrogacy and sperm donation, with medical professionals who are experts in current reproductive technologies like In Vitro Fertilization and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, and bioethicists and journalists who study the ownership and use of genetic information within human tissue. Additional Harvard colleagues will also share with you their thoughts on topics such as disability law as it relates to reproductive technology. While the law and ethics surrounding these technologies are a central component to this course, we also show you examples of the deeply personal and human side of these issues. Throughout the course, and with the help of law students, we will discuss leading legal cases in this field, which will illuminate the types of questions the law has struggled with – stretching and evolving over time. From the famous Baby M surrogacy case, to cases on the paternity of sperm donors, to a case related to the ownership of human tissue turned into a commercial product, and others. We will show you the ethical, legal, and rhetorical underpinnings, which have served as the basis for various court decisions over the past 20 or 30 years. We will also explore potential future technologies and their implications for society: genetic enhancements to increase our intelligence, let us live a hundred years longer, or make us immune to diseases – and the possibility of creating animal-human hybrids, for example a mouse with a humanized brain. The content within this course is intended to be instructive, and show how legal reasoning has been applied, or could be applied, to questions related to parenthood, reproduction, and other issues surrounding human genetic material. The material organized within this course should be considered an authoritative overview, but is not intended to serve as medical or legal advice. This course is designed for a diverse audience including, but not limited to, law students, prospective law students, medical professionals, as well as members of the general public interested in questions and topics related to surrogacy, parenthood, genetic and reproductive technology, ownership of genetic material, and more. You do not need any background in law, medicine, philosophy, or really any subject to enjoy this course. This course is meant to be an introduction for anyone interested in these topics. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN - How the reproductive technology industry works, and issues raised related to buying and selling human reproductive materials - The law and ethics of surrogacy - Civil lawsuits when things go wrong with reproductive technology: wrongful birth and wrongful life lawsuits - The law and ethics of sperm donation and the legal status of sperm donors - Ethical and legal issues raised by human enhancement - The law and ethics of mixing human and animal genetic material - The ownership of human tissue and its underlying genetic information
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Contracts are a part of our everyday life, arising in collaboration, trust, promise and credit. How are contracts formed? What makes a contract enforceable? What happens when one party breaks a promise? Take this course free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/contract-law-trust-promise-contract-harvardx-hls2x-0 ABOUT THIS COURSE Learn about contracts from Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried, one of the world’s leading authorities on contract law. Contracts are promises that the law will enforce. But when will the law refuse to honor a promise? What happens when one party does not hold to their part of the deal? We are exposed to contracts in all areas of our life — agreeing to terms when downloading a new computer program, hiring a contractor to repair a leaking roof, and even ordering a meal at a restaurant. Knowing the principles of contracts is not just a skill needed by lawyers, it illuminates for everyone a crucial institution that we use all the time and generally take for granted. This contract law course, with new materials and updated case examples, is designed to introduce the range of issues that arise when entering and enforcing contracts. It will provide an introduction to what a contract is and also analyze the purpose and significance of contracts. Then, it will discuss the intent to create legal relations, legality and morality, and the distinction between gifts and bargains. The course also investigates common pitfalls: one-sided promises, mistake, fraud, and frustration. With the knowledge of what makes contracts and how they can go wrong, Professor Fried will discuss remedies and specific performance. Finally, Professor Fried will introduce how contracts can create rights for third parties. The course’s instructor, Charles Fried, has been teaching at Harvard Law School for more than 50 years and has written extensively on contracts. Not only is Professor Fried a leading authority on contract law, but he also utilizes a story-telling approach to explaining the topic, which creates a unique and interesting class experience. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN - A theoretical background of contracts, trust, and promise - Contracts the government will stand behind and those it won’t - Illusory promises, offer and acceptance - The limitations of contract law - Writing and Interpretation of contracts - Key concepts including mistake, fraud, and frustration; remedies and specific performance; and third parties
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Take Circuits and Electronics free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/circuits-electronics-mitx-6-002x-0 ↓ More info below. ↓ Follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/edx Follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/edxonline Follow on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/edxonline Learn the fundamentals of electrical circuits and circuit analysis. The course introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; independent and dependent sources; switches and MOS transistors; digital abstraction; amplifiers; energy storage elements; dynamics of first- and second-order networks; design in the time and frequency domains; and analog and digital circuits and applications. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course. Weekly coursework includes interactive video sequences, readings from the textbook, homework, online laboratories, and optional tutorials. The course will also have a midterm exam and a ﬁnal exam.
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Take Mastering Quantum Mechanics for free on edX: www.edx.org/course/mastering-quantum-mechanics-mitx-8-05x ↓ More info below. ↓ Follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/edx Follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/edxonline Follow on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/edxonline A course that develops the tools and the mathematical foundation needed to have a working knowledge of Quantum Mechanics. Register for Mastering Quantum Mechanics from MIT at https://www.edx.org/course/mastering-quantum-mechanics-mitx-8-05x About this Course The course offers a sophisticated view of quantum mechanics and its proper mathematical foundation. It will give you the tools needed to do research in quantum mechanics and to understand many current developments. 8.05 is the second semester of the three-course sequence on undergraduate quantum mechanics at MIT. 8.05 is a signature course in MIT's physics program and a keystone in the education of physics majors. The online course 8.05x will follow the on-campus version and will be equally rigorous. To master this material and to follow the course, you will likely need a time investment of ten to twelve hours a week. There will be weekly homework, one mid-term test, and a final exam. Topics covered Review of wave mechanics. Variational principle. Spin operators and general spin one-half states. Elements of linear algebra: complex vector spaces and linear operators. Hermitian operators and unitary operators. Dirac bra-ket notation. The uncertainty principle and compatible operators. Schrodinger equation as unitary time evolution. The Heisenberg picture of quantum mechanics. Coherent and squeezed states of the harmonic oscillator. Two-state systems. Nuclear magnetic resonance and the ammonia maser. Multiparticle states and tensor products. Entanglement and quantum teleportation. The Einstein, Podolsky, Rosen paradox and Bell inequalities. Identical particles: bosons and fermions. Angular momentum and central potentials. Representations of angular momentum. Hidden symmetries and degeneracies. Addition of angular momentum. Algebraic solution of the hydrogen atom. More on Prerequisites To follow this course you will need some basic familiarity with quantum mechanics. You must have seen the Schrodinger equation and studied its solutions for the square well potential, the harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogen atom. You may have learned this by self-study or by taking an introductory one-quarter or one-semester course on the subject. You must be proficient in calculus and have some knowledge of linear algebra.
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EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. To learn more about edX or to sign up for a course, visit us at http://www.edx.org.
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Composite Materials Overview for Engineers Register for Composite Materials Overview for Engineers at https://www.edx.org/courses Introduction of composite materials from engineering design, manufacturing, and repair viewpoints. About this Course Composites are used in many industries today to enable high-performance products at economic advantage. These industries range from space to sports and include manufactured products for aircraft, transportation, energy, construction, sports, marine, and medical use. There are many material, economic and aesthetic advantages to using composites, but a solid knowledge of the physical properties, including the mechanics, tooling, design, inspection & repair, and manufacturing options is required for working in this medium as they are intrinsically linked. This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of composite materials for high performance structures from the point of view of Aerospace engineering design, manufacturing, and repair. It is designed to address critical areas of composite technologies that focus on materials, manufacturing, mechanics, design, inspection, and repair. In this course students will learn how composite materials achieve properties of strength, weight ratios and durability that surpass aluminum in aircraft design. For these high performance applications engineers typically rely on laminated structures, which are built up from many varying layers of ply-materials. Using this process the mechanical properties of the composite part can be tailored to specific applications resulting in significant weight and cost savings. Tailoring specific properties and designing innovative laminate structures highlights the multidisciplinary nature of this industry and how it touches the expertise of many disciplines including engineers, mechanics, and inspection specialists. After successfully completing this course, students will be able to identify the unique characteristics of composites and understand how advanced composite structures are designed, manufactured and maintained. When you have finished this course, you will be able to: Demonstrate understanding of fundamentals in materials, manufacturing, mechanics, design, and repair of polymeric matrix composites Identify advantages and disadvantages of polymeric matrix composites with respect to metals Apply the knowledge acquired to the design and manufacturing of high performance composite structures
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Justice Justice is an introduction to moral and political philosophy, including discussion of contemporary dilemmas and controversies. Register for Justice from HarvardX at http://edx.org/courses About this Course Justice is a critical analysis of classical and contemporary theories of justice, including discussion of present-day applications. Topics include affirmative action, income distribution, same-sex marriage, the role of markets, debates about rights (human rights and property rights), arguments for and against equality, dilemmas of loyalty in public and private life. The course invites students to subject their own views on these controversies to critical examination. The principal readings for the course are texts by Aristotle, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls. Other assigned readings include writings by contemporary philosophers, court cases, and articles about political controversies that raise philosophical questions. Closed Captioning is available in Chinese, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.
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Learn the technologies used to manufacture products we use every day, and the fundamental principles required to take processes to scale Take this course on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/fundamentals-manufacturing-processes-mitx-2-008x About this course Have you wondered how something was manufactured? Do you want to learn what it takes to turn your design into a finished product? This course introduces a wide range of manufacturing processes including machining, injection molding, and 3D printing; and explains the fundamental principles and practices of manufacturing at scale. For each process, 2.008x explains the underlying physical principles, provides several practical examples and demonstrations, and summarizes design for manufacturing principles. Lectures are also included on cost estimation, quality and variation, robotics, and sustainability. Together, this knowledge will enable you to plan a manufacturing process for a multi-part product, make quantitative estimates of cost and throughput, and recognize important constraints and tradeoffs. Whether you may be an engineer, entrepreneur, or from another field—by completing 2.008x you will gain the understanding needed to assess a wide variety of manufacturing techniques, identify potential improvements, and confidently pursue the scale-up of innovative products. What you'll learn Manufacturing processes in detail: machining, injection molding, casting, thermoforming, sheet metal forming, 3D printing, and more Overarching principles: rate, quality, cost, flexibility, sustainability How to apply design for manufacturing principles, plan a multi-step process, and envision an automated manufacturing system for complex products Emerging technologies including robotics, connected machines, and their implications on the future of manufacturing
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Solar Energy Discover the power of solar energy and design a complete photovoltaic system. Register for Solar Energy from TU Delft at https://www.edx.org/course/delftx/delftx-et-3034tu-solar-energy-1996 About this Course This second edition of the course Solar Energy teaches you to design a complete photovoltaic system. It introduces you to the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight. The emphasis is on understanding the working principle of a solar cell, fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. You will understand the principles of the photovoltaic conversion (the conversion of light into electricity). We will explain the advantages, limitations and challenges of different solar cell technologies, such as crystalline silicon solar cell technology, thin film solar cell technologies and the latest novel solar cell concepts as studied on lab-scale. The course will treat the specifications of solar modules and show you how to design a complete solar system for any particular application. The suitable semiconductor materials, device physics, and fabrication technologies for solar cells are presented. The guidelines for design of a complete solar cell system for household application are explained. Alternative storage approaches through solar fuels or conversion of solar energy into heat will be discussed. The cost aspects, market development, and the application areas of solar cells are presented. After completion of the course, you will be able to: explain the various concepts to convert solar energy in to electricity, heat and solar fuels explain the physical working principles of photovoltaic conversion in solar cells recognize and describe the various solar cell technologies, their current status and future technological challenges analyse the performance of solar cells and modules design a complete photovoltaic system for any particular application on paper The first edition of the Solar Energy course has been awarded the Open MOOC for OpenCourseWare Excellence 2014. Education method The class will consist of a collection of eight to twelve minute lecture videos, exercises, assignments and exams. Specified assignments and the three exams will determine the final grade. The new textbook on “Solar Energy, basics, technology and systems” from the Delft University of Technology will be available for the students on-line and free of charge. Your course staff will encourage and challenge you to learn from, and interact with, your fellow students by helping each other and sharing ideas and best practices, in the course forum. We were happy to see the incredible number of interesting student videos on solar energy systems from all over the world in the previous edition of this course. LICENSE The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Netherlands License.
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Introduction to Probability - The Science of Uncertainty An introduction to probabilistic models, including random processes and the basic elements of statistical inference. Register for Introduction to Probability from MIT at http://edx.org/courses. About this Course The world is full of uncertainty: accidents, storms, unruly financial markets, noisy communications. The world is also full of data. Probabilistic modeling and the related field of statistical inference are the keys to analyzing data and making scientifically sound predictions. Probabilistic models use the language of mathematics. But instead of relying on the traditional "theorem - proof" format, we develop the material in an intuitive -- but still rigorous and mathematically precise -- manner. Furthermore, while the applications are multiple and evident, we emphasize the basic concepts and methodologies that are universally applicable. The course covers all of the basic probability concepts, including: - multiple discrete or continuous random variables, expectations, and conditional distributions - laws of large numbers - the main tools of Bayesian inference methods - an introduction to random processes (Poisson processes and Markov chains) The contents of this course are essentially the same as those of the corresponding MIT class (Probabilistic Systems Analysis and Applied Probability) -- a course that has been offered and continuously refined over more than 50 years. It is a challenging class, but it will enable you to apply the tools of probability theory to real-world applications or your research. Course Staff: John Tsitsiklis John Tsitsiklis is a Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He obtained his PhD from MIT and joined the faculty in 1984. His research focuses on the analysis and control of stochastic systems, including applications in various domains, from computer networks to finance. He has been teaching probability for over 15 years. Patrick Jaillet Patrick Jaillet is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Co-Director of the MIT Operations Research Center. He obtained his PhD in Operations Research at MIT. His research interests deal with optimization and decision making under uncertainty as applied to transportation and the internet economy. Professor Jaillet's teaching includes subjects such as algorithms, optimization, and probability.
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An introduction to the fourth industrial revolution, it's major systems and technologies and how new products and services will impact business and society. Take this course for free on edx.org: https://www.edx.org/course/industry-4-0-how-revolutionize-business-hkpolyux-i4-0x
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Take this course for free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/science-everyday-thinking-uqx-think101x-1 ↓ More info below. ↓ Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edX Follow on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/edxonline Follow on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/edxonline About this course We will explore the psychology of our everyday thinking: why people believe weird things, how we form and change our opinions, why our expectations skew our judgments, and how we can make better decisions. We’ll discuss and debate topics such as placebos, the paranormal, medicine, miracles, and more. You will use the scientific method to evaluate claims, make sense of evidence, and understand why we so often make irrational choices. You will begin to rely on slow, effortful, deliberative, analytic, and logical thinking rather than fast, automatic, instinctive, emotional, and stereotypical thinking. We will provide tools for how to think independently, how to be skeptical, and how to value data over personal experience. We will examine the mental shortcuts that people use and misuse, and apply this knowledge to help make better decisions, and improve critical thinking.
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Introduction to Public Speaking In this class, we will study the principles of public speaking, and critically examine our own and others' speeches through interactive practice. ABOUT THIS COURSE This course is being offered in an experimental format. Students are welcome to audit the course, and participate in all course activities. Certificates will not be issued. This course is designed to help you become a more effective and confident public speaker. We will demystify the process of writing, practicing, and performing a clear and engaging speech, work through the unique traits of oral versus written communication, and learn how to prepare speeches that are easier to deliver orally and understand aurally. One of the best ways to refine your own speech ability is through a close study of others' speeches. We will have a number of opportunities to examine and discuss sample speeches and speakers. Growing out of our analysis of speakers, we will discuss who you hold up as a model speaker and analyze what makes that speaker effective. We will critically examine our own speeches and the speeches of others. By becoming a student of public speaking, you join a long history of rhetorical study dating back to ancient Greece. By the end of this course, you should be able to: Design and deliver basic arguments clearly. Design and deliver informative presentations clearly. Design and deliver complex arguments persuasively. Speak confidently with appropriate rate, projection, movement, and vocal variety. Evaluate and critique speeches insightfully. This course is being offered in an experimental format. Students are welcome to audit the course, and participate in all course activities. Certificates will not be issued.
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Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement Apply new psychological theory about personal change to an improvement-goal of your own throughout the entire course. Register for Unlocking the Immunity to Change from Harvard at http://www.edx.org/courses. About this Course Do you have a personal improvement goal that has proven resistant to your sincerest intentions, smartest plans, and best efforts? Did you make a New Year's resolution for 2014? This course invites you to take part in a world-wide experiment to see if Kegan and Lahey's ground-breaking, award-winning approach can be deployed on-line to help tens of thousands of people make lasting changes at work or in their private lives. Via demonstrations, exercises, readings, experiments, small-group supports, and novel interactive tools, this course will teach you new psychological theory about personal change, but—more than this—it will engage you in applying that theory to yourself from the first class to the last. In 2011 Oprah Winfrey listed the Top Ten Things You Should Do to Start the New Year Right. Number One on the list was, "Try the Immunity-to-Change approach." Come, join us in this experiment!
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Apply tools of single-variable calculus to create and analyze mathematical models used by real practitioners in social, life, and physical sciences. In this course, we go beyond the calculus textbook, working with practitioners in social, life and physical sciences to understand how calculus and mathematical models play a role in their work. Through a series of case studies, you’ll learn: How standardized test makers use functions to analyze the difficulty of test questions; How economists model interaction of price and demand using rates of change, in a historical case of subway ridership; How an x-ray is different from a CT-scan, and what this has to do with integrals; How biologists use differential equation models to predict when populations will experience dramatic changes, such as extinction or outbreaks; How the Lotka-Volterra predator-prey model was created to answer a biological puzzle; How statisticians use functions to model data, like income distributions, and how integrals measure chance; How Einstein’s Energy Equation, E=mc2 is an approximation to a more complicated equation. With real practitioners as your guide, you’ll explore these situations in a hands-on way: looking at data and graphs, writing equations, doing calculus computations, and making educated guesses and predictions. This course provides a unique supplement to a course in single-variable calculus. Key topics include application of derivatives, integrals and differential equations, mathematical models and parameters. This course is for anyone who has completed or is currently taking a single-variable calculus course (differential and integral), at the high school (AP or IB) or college/university level. You will need to be familiar with the basics of derivatives, integrals, and differential equations, as well as functions involving polynomials, exponentials, and logarithms. This is a course to learn applications of calculus to other fields, and NOT a course to learn the basics of calculus. Whether you’re a student who has just finished an introductory Calculus course or a teacher looking for more authentic examples for your classroom, there is something for you to learn here, and we hope you’ll join us! What you'll learn Authentic examples and case studies of how calculus is applied to problems in other fields How to analyze mathematical models, including variables, constants, and parameters Appreciation for the assumptions and complications that go into modeling real world situations with mathematics
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Introduction to Nutrition – Food for Health “You are what you eat”- learn the fundamentals of nutrition and how it can affect human health. About this Course In our modern society we are accustomed to eat anytime, anywhere, and often too much. We stuff our bodies with food, often unaware of the fact that food profoundly influences our emotional and physical well-being in the short term and in the long term. Scientific studies indicate that what we eat has a profound impact on our current and future health. Many people want to eat a healthier diet but are torn between the numerous conflicting and very confusing messages thrown at us by healthcare professionals, self-professed nutrition consultants, journalists, and even academic scientists. Every day you hear about a new fad diet with an “unprecedented” success rate that promises a long and healthy life or simply causes your fat to melt away. Most people lack a basic understanding of nutritional science to judge whether these messages carry any credibility. Under the mantra “you are what you eat” this course will teach you the basics of human nutrition and provide you with a solid background to understand and appreciate the importance of nutrition for human health. This introductory academic course in nutrition provides you with a broad view of the field of nutritional science. Wageningen University has one of the largest academic units in nutritional science worldwide and a long and strong history of excellence in nutrition research. In this course Professor Sander Kersten will teach you what is in our foods, what happens to these components once you consume them, and how these components may impact your health. The course will help you become more critical and provide you with the necessary tools to better weigh and interpret the information overload about nutrition and health. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! Enroll in Introduction to Nutrition – Food for Health from WageningenX at https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-to-nutrition-wageningenx-nutr101x
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Take this course for free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/supply-chain-logistics-fundamentals-mitx-ctl-sc1x-0 SC1x is an introduction to the fundamental concepts for logistics and supply chain management from both analytical and practical perspectives. Register for Supply Chain and Logistics Fundamentals from MIT at https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-ctl-sc1x-supply-chain-logistics-2006 About this Course Companies worldwide are leveraging supply chain management to create and maintain a strategic competitive advantage. This trend, in turn, is fueling a growing demand for supply chain professionals. This course is the first of three in the Supply Chain Management XSeries that is specifically designed to teach the critical skills needed to be successful in this exciting field. This first course, CTL.SC1x, provides the foundational skills for supply chain management and logistics. You will learn how to develop and apply analytic tools, approaches, and techniques used in the design and operation of logistics systems and integrated supply chains. The material is taught from a managerial perspective, with an emphasis on where and how specific tools can be used to improve the overall performance and reduce the total cost of a supply chain. We place a strong emphasis on the development and use of fundamental models to illustrate the underlying concepts involved in both intra- and inter-company logistics operations. The main topic areas we will focus on are: Demand Forecasting, Planning, and Management, Inventory Planning, Management, and Control, and Transportation Planning, Management, and Execution. While our main objective is to develop and use models to help us analyze these situations, we will make heavy use of examples from industry to provide illustrations of the concepts in practice. This is neither a purely theoretical nor a case study course, but rather an applied analytical course that addresses real problems found in practice. Enroll at https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-ctl-sc1x-supply-chain-logistics-2006
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Learn methods for harnessing and analyzing data to answer questions of cultural, social, economic, and policy interest. Take this course free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/data-analysis-social-scientists-mitx-14-310x#! ABOUT THIS COURSE This statistics and data analysis course will introduce you to the essential notions of probability and statistics. We will cover techniques in modern data analysis: estimation, regression and econometrics, prediction, experimental design, randomized control trials (and A/B testing), machine learning, and data visualization. We will illustrate these concepts with applications drawn from real world examples and frontier research. Finally, we will provide instruction for how to use the statistical package R and opportunities for students to perform self-directed empirical analyses. This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to work with data and communicate data-driven findings effectively. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN - Intuition behind probability and statistical analysis - How to summarize and describe data - A basic understanding of various methods of evaluating social programs - How to present results in a compelling and truthful way - Skills and tools for using R for data analysis
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New from Stan Lee, Michael Uslan and the Smithsonian - take this course for free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/rise-superheroes-impact-pop-culture-smithsonianx-popx1-1x The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture EXCLUSIVE! When you complete a verified certificate in this course it will feature original artwork with both Stan Lee’s and Michael Uslan’s signature. About this Course Join the Smithsonian, and comic book industry legend Stan Lee, to explore the history of the comic book and the rise of superheroes. The ancient gods of Egyptian, Greek and Roman myths still exist, but today, they have superpowers, human foibles and secret identities. They come from comic books and graphic novels, and have taken over pop culture on the stage, screen, video games, and animation. From Superman® and Spiderman®, to The Avengers® and The Hulk® and beyond, who are these heroes? And, how have they evolved from folklore and myth, across all cultures and religions? Learn from Smithsonian and industry experts including: Stan Lee, who created the modern superhero template. His early comics featuring Spiderman, Iron Man®, The Hulk, Thor®, and The Avengers led Marvel to success. He continues to reinvent himself to create modern global superheroes and appear in cameos in superhero films and TV, such as Avengers: Age of Ultron. Michael Uslan, executive producer of top grossing, award winning movies, including The Dark Knight series, Lego® Movie, the animated Batman films and Batman® VS Superman. In this course, we explore the following questions: Why did superheroes first arise in 1938 and experience what we refer to as their “Golden Age” during World War II? Why did the superhero genre ebb and flow in popularity over the decades? How have comic books, published weekly since the mid-1930’s, mirrored a changing American society, reflecting our mores, slang, fads, biases and prejudices? Why was the comic book industry nearly shut down in the McCarthy Era of the 1950’s? How did our superheroes become super-villains in the eyes of the government, clergy, educators, and parents of the mid-20th Century? When and how did comic books become acceptable again, and eventually become valid teaching tools in universities and schools? When and how did comic book artwork become accepted as a true American art form as indigenous to this country as jazz? Finally, when and how did comic books become “cool” and the basis for blockbuster movies, hit TV series, top-selling video games, and acclaimed animation, while also impacting fashion and style- and even the moral and ethical codes of children- around the globe?
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This course provides the basic toolkit for any signal processing application - the abstraction of signals and systems, from the point of view of analysis and characterization. ↓ More info below. ↓ Take this course free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/signals-systems-part-1-iitbombayx-ee210-1x-1#! ABOUT THIS COURSE We encounter signals and systems extensively in our day-to-day lives, from making a phone call, listening to a song, editing photos, manipulating audio files, using speech recognition softwares like Siri and Google now, to taking EEGs, ECGs and X-Ray images. Each of these involves gathering, storing, transmitting and processing information from the physical world. This course will equip you to deal with these tasks efficiently by learning the basic mathematical framework of signals and systems. This course is divided into two parts. In the first part (EE210.1x), we explore the various properties of signals and systems, characterization of Linear Shift Invariant Systems, convolution and Fourier Transform. Building on that, in the 2nd part (EE210.2x) we will deal with the Sampling theorem, Z-Transform, discrete Fourier transform and Laplace transform. The contents of the first part are prerequisites for doing this part. Ideas introduced in this course will be useful in understanding further electrical engineering courses which deal with control systems, communication systems, power systems, digital signal processing, statistical signal analysis and digital message transmission. The concepts taught in this course are also useful to students of other disciplines like mechanical, chemical, aerospace and other branches of engineering and science. What you'll learn - How to unite abstractions for several kinds of systems, to draw a common system description - How to identify properties that this system has or does not have - How to deal with an important class of systems namely, linear shift invariant systems - How to represent and analyze signals and systems in the Fourier domain
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A Global History of Architecture — Part 1 This course is a history of architecture from a global perspective. About this Course How do we understand architecture? One way of answering this question is by looking through the lens of history. This course will examine architecture through time, beginning with First Societies and extending to the 15th century. Though the course is chronological, it is not intended as a linear narrative, but rather aims to provide a more global view, by focusing on different architectural "moments." The lectures will give students the appropriate grounding for understanding a range of buildings and contexts. The material in the lectures will be supplemented by readings from the textbook A Global History of Architecture. Each lecture analyzes a particular architectural transformation arising from a dynamic cultural situation. How did the introduction of iron in the ninth century BCE impact regional politics and the development of architecture? How did new religious formations, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, produce new architectural understandings? What were the architectural consequences of the changing political landscape in northern Italy in the 14th century? How did rock-cut architecture move across space and time from West Asia to India to Africa? How did the emergence of corn impact the rise of religious and temple construction in Mexico? These are typical questions that the lectures will address. All required readings are available within the courseware, courtesy of Wiley. Print or electronic versions of the A Global History of Architecture, Second Edition and Architecture of First Societies are also available for purchase. The course is aimed for a general audience at the undergraduate level with an interest in history. All lectures will be in English.
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Take this course for free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/paradox-infinity-mitx-24-118x#! ↓ More info below. ↓ Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edX Follow on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/edxonline Follow on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/edxonline About this course In Paradox and Infinity we will study a cluster of puzzles, paradoxes and intellectual wonders, and discuss their philosophical implications. The class is divided into three modules: Time Travel and Free Will: Learn about whether time travel is logically possible, and whether it is compatible with free will. Infinity: Learn about how some infinities are bigger than others, and explore the mind-boggling hierarchy of bigger and bigger infinities. Computability and Gödel’s Theorem: Learn about how some mathematical functions are so complex, that no computer could possibly compute them. Use this result to prove Gödel’s famous Incompleteness Theorem. Bonus: If you sign up to pursue a Verified Certificate for this class, you will be assigned problems that are graded by teaching assistants, and given professional written feedback. This will bring your learning experience one level closer to that of residential students at MIT. If you pass the class, you will receive an MITx certificate, in addition to edX's Verified Certificate of Achievement.
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Earn a MicroMasters credential from MIT’s #1 ranked Supply Chain Management Program to advance your career. Take this MicroMasters Program on edX: http://bit.ly/2cXV3nX Gain expertise in the growing field of Supply Chain Management through an innovative online program consisting of five courses and a final capstone exam. The MicroMasters in Supply Chain from MITx is an advanced, professional, graduate-level foundation in Supply Chain Management. It represents the equivalent of 1 semester's worth of coursework at MIT. The MicroMasters Credential will showcase your understanding of supply chain analytics, design, technology, dynamics and end-to-end supply chain management. Build on the credential and take advantage of a great opportunity to be accepted into the #1 ranked supply chain management Masters Degree program for a fraction of the cost.
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A workshop-style introduction to tools used in biological research. Discover how to analyze data using computational methods. Take this course free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/quantitative-biology-workshop-mitx-7-qbwx-2 ABOUT THIS COURSE Do you have an interest in biology and quantitative tools? Do you know computational methods but do not realize how they apply to biological problems? Do you know biology but do not understand how scientists really analyze complicated data? 7.QBWx: Quantitative Biology Workshop is designed to give learners exposure to the application of quantitative tools to analyze biological data at an introductory level. For the last few years, the Biology Department of MIT has run this workshop-style course as part of a one-week outreach program for students from other universities. With 7.QBWx, we can give more learners from around the world the chance to discover quantitative biology. We hope that this series of workshops encourages learners to explore new interests and take more biology and computational courses. We expect that learners from 7.00x Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life or an equivalent course can complete this workshop-based course without a background in programming. The course content will introduce programming languages but will not teach any one language in a comprehensive manner. The content of each week varies. We want learners to have an introduction to multiple languages and tools to find a topic that they would want to explore more. Participants with programming experience will find some weeks easier than students with only biology experience, while those with a biology background should find the week on genetics easier. We recommend that learners try to complete each week to find what interests them the most. This workshop includes activities on the following biological topics: population biology, biochemical equilibrium and kinetics, molecular modeling of enzymes, visual neuroscience, genetics, gene expression and development, and genomics. The tools and programming languages include MATLAB, PyMOL, StarGenetics, Python, and R. This course does not require learners to download MATLAB. All MATLAB activities run and are graded within the edX platform. We do recommend that participants download a few other free tools for the activities so that they learn how to use the same tools and programs that scientists use. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN - Apply quantitative methods to biological problems - Define computational vocabulary - Write Python, MATLAB, and R code to analyze biological data - Examine any protein structure in PyMOL - Design and carry out genetic experiments through a simulation tool
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Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics Discover the concepts, theories, models, and methods used in the aerodynamic analysis and design of modern aircraft. Register for Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics at http://edx.org/courses. ABOUT THIS COURSE This course covers the physics, concepts, theories, and models underlying the discipline of aerodynamics. A general theme is the technique of velocity field representation and modeling via source and vorticity fields, and via their sheet, filament, or point-singularity idealizations. The intent is to instill an intuitive feel for aerodynamic flowfield behavior, and to provide the basis of aerodynamic force analysis, drag decomposition, flow interference estimation, and many other important applications. A few computational methods are covered, primarily to give additional insight into flow behavior, and to identify the primary aerodynamic forces on maneuvering aircraft. A short overview of flight dynamics is also presented.
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Learn how to see and draw nature like an illustrator. Build observational and visual interpretation skills in an interactive and enjoyable way. Take this course free on edX: http://bit.ly/2datNGN ABOUT THIS COURSE Whether an aspiring scientific or medical illustrator or someone who enjoys drawing nature’s wonders, this first-of-its-kind MOOC course is for you. The field of Natural History Illustration is about observing and illustrating subjects from nature, science and culture, with their linkages to the environment being central. Our natural world is a fascinating place. Being able to observe and replicate it through illustration provides insights into life that can change how we think about ourselves and our surroundings. You will learn essential skills and techniques that form the base for creating accurate and stunning replications of subjects from the natural world. This art and culture course is suitable for people looking to enter the illustration discipline as a serious pursuit or just looking to explore a passion. As world-standard instructors, we will show you practical ways to develop your skills from the outset. Step by step, we will cover the fundamentals of Natural History Illustration, from the first observation of a subject in the field to the final replication in the studio. This online course will teach you enduring skills that can be used in many different ways. Join us to explore, observe and draw the natural world and become part of a scientific tradition steeped in history. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN - Core scientific observational skills - Field drawing and sketching techniques - Concept sketch development - Composition for natural history illustration - Form, proportion and structure essentials - Drawing and rendering techniques
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Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer? You have an idea for a product, but do you know who will want to buy it? Register for Entrepreneurship 101 at http://ww.edx.org/courses About this Course Many seemingly great ideas and technologies come to a sudden halt in the face of one simple, inescapable question. "Who is your customer?" MIT has been asking its student entrepreneurs this question for many years -- and with great success. The 25,600 companies started by MIT alumni generate $2 trillion in revenue and have created 3.3 million jobs. If MIT were a country, it would be the 11th largest economy in the world. Become a citizen of this 11th largest economy! Join MIT in your entrepreneurial journey as you discover your startups most essential resource -- the customer. This is entrepreneurship -- so don't expect a lecture. Every class session will be an in-depth and focused case study of MIT entrepreneurs from areas as diverse as mobile applications, 3D printing, power electronics, international development, and watchmaking. You will learn, through the stories of MIT entrepreneurs, how to go from idea or technology to the necessary understanding of who and why will want to buy your product. Specifically, you will learn how to: ● Identify prospective customers ● Interview them ● And finally, select the right customers for your business. Course assignments will be real-life exercises that will guide you through a series of concrete, practical, and effective steps that will help you make your idea very real. Prepare to have some fun too! More on this after you enroll ;-)
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Learn about South Korea’s remarkable transformation from a low to high-income, growth economy. Take this course free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/kee01x-korea-economic-development-wbgx#! ABOUT THIS COURSE South Korea presents a compelling story of economic growth. It’s one of few countries that have made the transition from a resource-poor, low-income nation to a high-income economy in only three decades. It serves as a model for developing countries and in this MOOC you’ll learn, from experts of South Korea’s research and academic institutions, how economic policies and strategies transformed the nation. This economics and finance course examines South Korea’s past developmental experience as well as its current policy and economic strategies for overcoming global and domestic challenges, and for sustaining economic growth into the 21st century. You’ll have an opportunity to consider and discuss institutional and policy lessons that have practical applications to development and economic challenges countries are facing today. The course will be of interest to anyone wanting to learn how South Korea transformed into a high-income, export-driven country with a highly skilled workforce, high-end manufacturing, service and technology sectors, and developed its own ‘smart city’ Songdo, equipped with smart and green technologies. This MOOC will also be of particular interest to policy makers involved in economic development. The course has been developed by the World Bank Group in collaboration with Korea Development Institute, and is taught by prominent representatives of academic and research institutions in South Korea and the United States. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN - The factors that contributed to South Korea’s remarkable performance from the 1960s to the 1990s and how policies could be applied to similar effect today - The strategies used to build a system of innovation and innovative capability in science and technology - The forward looking developments promoting diversification into advanced manufacturing, tradable services and digital/green technologies - Current efforts to upgrade skills and productivity of an ageing workforce and the strengthening of a social safety net - The city of Songdo; the effectiveness, scalability and applicability of its green and smart technologies
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Take this course for free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/art-structural-engineering-bridges-princetonx-cee262-1x#! ↓ More info below. ↓ Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edX Follow on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/edxonline Follow on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/edxonline About this course In this engineering course you will learn how to analyze bridges from three perspectives: Efficiency = calculations of forces/stresses Economy = evaluation of societal context and cost Elegance = form/appearance based on engineering principles, not decoration With a focus on some significant bridges built since the industrial revolution, the course illustrates how engineering is a creative discipline and can become art. We also show the influence of the economic and social context in bridge design and the interplay between forces and form. This is the first of three courses on the Art of Structural Engineering, each of which are independent of each other. The two other courses will be on tall buildings/towers and vaults.
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Take your introductory knowledge of Python programming to the next level and learn how to use Python 3 for your research. Take this course free on edX: ABOUT THIS COURSE This course bridges the gap between introductory and advanced courses in Python. While there are many excellent introductory Python courses available, most typically do not go deep enough for you to apply your Python skills to research projects. In this course, after first reviewing the basics of Python 3, we learn about tools commonly used in research settings. Using a combination of a guided introduction and more independent in-depth exploration, you will get to practice your new Python skills with various case studies chosen for their scientific breadth and their coverage of different Python features. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN - Python 3 programming basics (a review) - Python tools (e.g., NumPy and SciPy modules) for research applications - How to apply Python research tools in practical settings
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Discover the fascinating world of aviation by investigating aeronautics, aerodynamics and flight mechanics. Take this course for free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-to-aeronautical-engineering Have you ever flown in an airplane and are you curious about how flying works? Are you interested in the fundamental concepts behind flying? How does a wing generate lift? And how can we fly as optimally as possible? This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of aeronautics, using a tour through the history of flight, starting with ballooning and continuing on to airplanes and helicopters. Experts from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of Delft University of Technology will help you explore and discover the fundamentals of flight, in three blocks. First, you will explore the history of flight including ballooning and obtain a basic understanding of aircraft and the earth's atmosphere. Topics include stability, navigation, propulsion and the structure of aircraft. Block two examines the principles of aerodynamics. You will learn for instance how the shape of an airfoil or wing impacts the amount of lift generated. Block three covers flight mechanics, including various flight phases, such as descending, climbing or cruise, and the most optimal flying conditions for each phase.
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Take this course on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/silicon-photonics-design-fabrication-ubcx-phot1x ↓ More info below. ↓ Follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/edx Follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/edxonline Follow on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/edxonline About this course This short course teaches students and industry professionals how to design integrated optical devices and circuits, using a hands-on approach with commercial tools. We will fabricate your designs using a state-of-the-art, $5M, silicon photonic rapid-prototyping 100 keV electron-beam lithography facility. We will measure your designs using an automated optical probe station and provide you the data. You will then analyze your experimental data.
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Learn how to write programs that are safe from bugs, easy to understand, and ready for change. Take this course at https://www.edx.org/course/software-construction-java-mitx-6-005-1x About this course This computer science course is the first of a two-course sequence about writing good software using modern software engineering techniques. In this course, you will learn what software engineers mean by "good" code -- safe from bugs, easy to understand, and ready for change. You will also learn ways to make your code better, including testing, specifications, code review, exceptions, immutability, abstract data types, and interfaces. This is a challenging and rigorous course that will help you take the next step on your way to becoming a skilled software engineer. What you'll learn Java programming Software testing Code specifications Abstract data types
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Learn how quantum communication provides security that is guaranteed by the laws of nature. Take this course free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/quantum-cryptography-caltechx-delftx-qucryptox#! ABOUT THIS COURSE How can you tell a secret when everyone is able to listen in? In this course, you will learn how to use quantum effects, such as quantum entanglement and uncertainty, to implement cryptographic tasks with levels of security that are impossible to achieve classically. This interdisciplinary course is an introduction to the exciting field of quantum cryptography, developed in collaboration between QuTech at Delft University of Technology and the California Institute of Technology. By the end of the course you will: - Be armed with a fundamental toolbox for understanding, designing and analyzing quantum protocols. - Understand quantum key distribution protocols. - Understand how untrusted quantum devices can be tested. - Be familiar with modern quantum cryptography – beyond quantum key distribution. This course assumes a solid knowledge of linear algebra and probability at the level of an advanced undergraduate. Basic knowledge of elementary quantum information (qubits and simple measurements) is also assumed, but if you are completely new to quantum information additional videos are provided for you to fill in any gaps. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN - Fundamental ideas of quantum cryptography - Cryptographic concepts and tools: security definitions, the min-entropy, privacy amplification - Protocols and proofs of security for quantum key distribution - The basics of device-independent quantum cryptography - Modern quantum cryptographic tasks and protocols
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Learn about the role of government and the key political, social, and economic processes that elevate any society from poverty to prosperity. Take this course free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/poverty-prosperity-understanding-oxfordx-oxbsg01x ABOUT THIS COURSE How can poor societies become prosperous and overcome obstacles to do so? Professor Sir Paul Collier is one of the world’s leading scholars on this question, and in this economics course you will have the opportunity to learn from him directly. This course will discuss and examine the following topics: The role of government and the key political, social and economic processes that affect development; Why societies need polities that are both centralised and inclusive, and the process by which these polities develop; The social factors that are necessary for development, including the importance of identities, norms, and narratives; The impact of economic processes on development, including discussion about how government policies can either promote or inhibit the exploitation of scale and specialisation; The external conditions for development, including aid, trade, migration, military interventions, and international rules for governance. Enrol in this course to understand the factors that influence economic development and the different development paths that countries across the world have taken. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN By the end of the course, you will be able to: - Identify internal political, social, and economic factors that influence development - Understand how external influences can impact the internal political, social, and economic processes - Understand the varied paths of development that different countries have taken - Apply the concepts learned by completing an assignment that requires you to compare the development path of two chosen countries
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Applications of Linear Algebra Part 1 Learn to use linear algebra in computer graphics by making images disappear in an animation or creating a mosaic or fractal and in data mining to measure similarities between movies, songs, or friends. About this Course From simulating complex phenomenon on supercomputers to storing the coordinates needed in modern 3D printing, data is a huge and growing part of our world. A major tool to manipulate and study this data is linear algebra. This course is part 1 of a 2-part course. In this part, we’ll learn basics of matrix algebra with an emphasis on application. This class has a focus on computer graphics while also containing examples in data mining. We’ll learn to make an image transparent, fade from one image to another, and rotate a 3D wireframe model. We’ll also mine data; for example, we will find similar movies that one might enjoy seeing. In the topic of sports ranking, we’ll be ready to participate in March Madness and submit our own mathematically generated brackets to compete against millions of others. The lectures are developed to encourage you to explore and create your own ideas either through your own programming but also with online tools developed for the course. Come to this course ready to investigate your own ideas. Enroll in Applications of Linear Algebra Part 1 from DavidsonX at https://www.edx.org/course/applications-linear-davidsonx-d003x-1
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Take this course for free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/calculus-1a-differentiation-mitx-18-01-1x ↓ More info below. ↓ Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edX Follow on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/edxonline Follow on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/edxonline About this course How does the final velocity on a zip line change when the starting point is raised or lowered by a matter of centimeters? What is the accuracy of a GPS position measurement? How fast should an airplane travel to minimize fuel consumption? The answers to all of these questions involve the derivative. But what is the derivative? You will learn its mathematical notation, physical meaning, geometric interpretation, and be able to move fluently between these representations of the derivative. You will discover how to differentiate any function you can think up, and develop a powerful intuition to be able to sketch the graph of many functions. You will make linear and quadratic approximations of functions to simplify computations and gain intuition for system behavior. You will learn to maximize and minimize functions to optimize properties like cost, efficiency, energy, and power. Learn more about our High School and AP* Exam Preparation Courses Calculus 1B: Integration Calculus 1C: Coordinate Systems & Infinite Series This course was funded in part by the Wertheimer Fund. *Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.
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Take this course for free on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/industrial-biotechnology-delftx-ib01x ↓ More info below. ↓ Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edX Follow on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/edxonline Follow on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/edxonline About this course As fossil-based fuels and raw materials contribute to climate change, the use of renewable materials and energy as an alternative is increasingly important and common. This transition is not a luxury, but rather a necessity. We can use the unique properties of microorganisms to convert organic waste streams into biomaterials, chemicals and biofuels. This course provides the insights and tools for the design of biotechnology processes in a sustainable way. Five experienced course leaders will teach you the basics of industrial biotechnology and how to apply these to the design of fermentation processes for the production of fuels, chemicals and foodstuffs. Throughout this course, you will be challenged to design your own biotechnological process and evaluate its performance and sustainability. This undergraduate course includes guest lectures from industry as well as from the University of Campinas in Brazil, with over 40 years of experience in bio-ethanol production. The course is a joint initiative of TU Delft, the international BE-Basic consortium and University of Campinas. License The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.
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Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul The course "Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul" explores the context of these letters in the Roman Empire and the impact of these powerful texts today. Register for Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul from Harvard University at http://edx.org/courses. About this Course The letters of Paul are the earliest texts in the Christian scriptures, written by a Jew at a time when the word "Christian" hadn't yet been coined. What is the religious and political context into which they emerged? How were they first interpreted? How and why do they make such an enormous impact in Christian communities and in politics today? Archaeological materials and ancient writings will help you to enter the ancient Mediterranean world and to think about religious groups, power, poverty, health, and the lives of elites and slaves in the Roman Empire. We'll explore how immediately controversial these letters were, and how these letters are used today to debate relations between Christians and Jews; issues such as love, law, and grace; and topics such as charismatic Christianity, homosexuality, and women's religious leadership. Whether you've been studying Paul's letters for years or are merely curious about what Christian scriptures are, this course will provide you with information to deepen your understanding of the ancient contexts and present-day controversies about these texts. Course Staff: Laura Nasrallah Laura Nasrallah, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity Nasrallah's research and teaching bring together New Testament and early Christian literature with the archaeological remains of the Mediterranean world. She also investigates how these texts make an impact in religious communities and in politics today. Her books include An Ecstasy of Folly: Prophecy and Authority in Early Christianity, Christian Responses to Roman Art and Architecture: The Second-Century Church Amid the Spaces of Empire, and two co-edited volumes, Prejudice and Christian Beginnings: Investigating Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Early Christian Studies and From Roman to Early Christian Thessalonikē: Studies in Religion and Archaeology. She's currently at work on a commentary on 1 Corinthians and a book titled Archaeology and the Letters of Paul. Her awards include a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology and a fellowship from the American Association of University Women.
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Leaders of Learning Explore and understand your own theories of learning and leadership. Gain the tools to imagine and build the future of learning. About this Course All of us carry explicit or implicit theories of learning. They manifest themselves in the ways we learn, the ways we teach, and the ways we think about leadership and learning. In Leaders of Learning, you will identify and develop your personal theory of learning, and explore how it fits into the shifting landscape of learning. This isn't just about schools, it's about the broader and bigger world of learning. The education sector is undergoing great transformation, and in the coming decades will continue to change. How we learn, what we learn, where we learn, and why we learn — all these questions will be reexamined. In Leaders of Learning we will explore learning, leadership, organizational structure, and physical design. The only requirements for Leaders of Learning are: an interest in the evolving world of learning; a curiosity about leadership in this new world; a willingness to examine your own beliefs about learning; and an openness to sharing your thoughts with and responding to others
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