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MITx  ●  Online
In 3.072x: Symmetry, Structure, and Tensor Properties of Materials, you will study the underlying structures of materials and you will deepen your understanding of the relationship between the properties of materials and their structures. Topics include lattices, point groups, and space groups in both two and three dimensions; the use of symmetry in the tensor representation of crystal properties; and the relationship between crystalline structure and properties, including transport properties, piezoelectricity, and elasticity. Two course projects will allow students to explore their particular interests in greater depth.
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MITx  ●  Online
This course is the first of a two-course sequence: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python, and Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science. Together, they are designed to help people with no prior exposure to computer science or programming learn to think computationally and write programs to tackle useful problems. Some of the people taking the two courses will use them as a stepping stone to more advanced computer science courses, but for many it will be their first and last computer science courses. Since these courses may be the only formal computer science courses many of the students take, we have chosen to focus on breadth rather than depth. The goal is to provide students with a brief introduction to many topics so they will have an idea of what is possible when they need to think about how to use computation to accomplish some goal later in their career. That said, they are not "computation appreciation" courses. They are challenging and rigorous courses in which the students spend a lot of time and effort learning to bend the computer to their will. Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python covers the notion of computation, the Python programming language, some simple algorithms, testing and debugging, and informal introduction to algorithmic complexity, and some simple algorithms and data structures. Recommended textbook. The recommended textbook for this course is: Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python, Revised and Expanded edition, by John Guttag (MIT Press, 2013). Professor Guttag’s book is priced at an affordable $25.00 and is available in both print and e-book editions wherever books are sold. Special offer for edX students. The MIT Press is offering enrolled students of 6.00x a special price of $17.50 (a 30% discount) on books ordered directly through the publisher’s website. To take advantage of this offer, please use promotion code guttag30. 6.00 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming on OCW 2011 6.00 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming on OCW 2008
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CornellX  ●  Online
The course invites you to examine the interconnectedness of modern life through an exploration of fundamental questions about how our social, economic, and technological worlds are connected. Students will explore game theory, the structure of the Internet, social contagion, the spread of social power and popularity, and information cascades. This MOOC is based on an interdisciplinary Cornell University course entitled Networks, taught by professors David Easley, Jon Kleinberg, and Éva Tardos. That course was also the basis for the book, Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World. This course is designed at the introductory undergraduate level without formal prerequisites.
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IMFx  ●  Online
This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course. How healthy is the state of the economy? How can economic policy help support or restore health to the economy? These questions are at the heart of financial programming. In our FPP courses you will learn the building blocks of how to answer to these questions. Financial programming is a framework to analyze the current state of the economy, forecast where the economy is headed, and identify economic policies that can change the course of the economy. In Part 1 of the FPP sequence, presented by IMF's Institute for Capacity Development, you will learn the basic skills required to conduct financial programming. The course presents the principal features of the four main sectors that comprise the macroeconomy (real, fiscal, external, and monetary); demonstrates how to read, interpret, and analyze the accounts for these sectors; and illustrates how these sectors are interlinked. (Part 2 of the FPP sequence will cover preparation of a baseline forecast and design of an adjustment program.) During the course, economists from the IMF will lead you through the accounts and analysis of an economy. Besides engaging with lecture videos, you will answer questions on the concepts explained, solve short numerical exercises, discuss with fellow participants economic developments in your country, and work with data for a hypothetical country. The reading material will be provided to you. Whether you are a civil servant working on economic issues for your country, a professional working with economic data, or you are simply interested in better understanding the developments of an economy, this course will provide hands-on training on macroeconomic analysis. We hope that you will join us in this exciting journey! Financial Programming and Policies, Part 1 is offered by the IMF with financial support from the Government of Belgium.
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HarvardX  ●  Online
Content and material for MCB80x.1x is currently available and open to you to study at your own pace at www.fundamentalsofneuroscience.org We will have an open exam period for MCB80.1x from August 11th 2014 - August 24th 2014 PLEASE NOTE: This course is not hosted on the edX platform, but can be found at www.fundamentalsofneuroscience.org or www.mcb80x.org. An edX certificate will be rewarded after successful completion of a final exam. If you want a certificate for this course, you MUST register for the course through EdX, even though we keep all of our material open and accessible on www.fundamentalsofneuroscience.org or www.mcb80x.org MCB80x: Fundamentals of Neuroscience is a four part course that explores the structure and function of the nervous system -- from the microscopic inner workings of a single nerve cell, to the staggering complexity of the brain, and beyond to the social interactions and societal dynamics that our brains make possible. This is the second iteration of Part 1 of this course. The material is currently open and accessible. In this first module (MCB80.1x) we’ll look at how individual neurons use electricity to transmit information. We’ll invite you to build up a neuron, piece by piece, using interactive simulations, and we’ll take you on field trips in and around Harvard and Boston, bring you into the lab, and show you how to conduct DIY neuroscience experiments on your own. Lessons will include video content, interactive content, forum spaces associated with the lessons, and in Lessons 3 and 4, labs and lab content. You can complete all lessons at your own pace, but to receive a certificate you must complete the exam during the 2 week period in August. You can move around within the lessons at your own pace. The only 'graded' part of the course is your final exam. You don't have to get everything correct to 'complete' lessons, you just have to engage with the content! Lesson 1: The Resting Potential Lesson 2: Passive Membrane Properties Lesson 3: Action Potentials Lesson 4: Action Potential Propagation
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ETHx  ●  Online
This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course. Robots are rapidly evolving from factory workhorses, which are physically bound to their work-cells, to increasingly complex machines capable of performing challenging tasks in our daily environment. The objective of this course is to provide the basic concepts and algorithms required to develop mobile robots that act autonomously in complex environments. The main emphasis is put on mobile robot locomotion and kinematics, environment perception, probabilistic map based localization and mapping, and motion planning. This lecture closely follows the textbook Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots by Roland Siegwart, Illah Nourbakhsh, Davide Scaramuzza, The MIT Press, second edition 2011 All required readings are available within the courseware, courtesy of The MIT Press. A print version of the course textbook, Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots, is also available for purchase. The MIT Press is offering enrolled students a special 30% discount on books ordered directly through the publisher’s website. To take advantage of this offer, please use promotion code IAMR30 at The MIT Press site.
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MITx  ●  Online
Note - This is an Archived course This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. The videos, the quick questions, and the practice problems are all active, however, the graded assignments are not. The course will re-run in Fall 2015 with refreshed and new problems. 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.
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WellesleyX  ●  Online
This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course. Sociology offers us a powerful set of tools with which to interpret our relationship to a global social and cultural economy. This course extends conventional sociology to foster an understanding of how the conditions of our everyday lives fit in with broader trends of continuity and change in regions across the world. We use the global garment industry as a vehicle for mobilizing our sociological imaginations, and follow the movements of capital, materials, and labor in the garment industry to examine the economic and cultural exchanges that keep our complex world in motion. Along the way, we’ll learn to critically read social scientific texts and construct evidence-based arguments. Klaus Lanstein, Group of People Walking Over World Map. Courtesy Getty Images. Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.
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HarvardX  ●  Online
This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course. Many Americans complain that they do not understand the U.S. health reform law called the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare). They are right, and the main reason is because most Americans do not understand the basics of the U.S. health care system and U.S. health policy. Featuring some of the nation’s foremost teachers and thought leaders, this course provides students with a basic and thorough understanding of the U.S. health care system focusing on access, quality of care, and costs. Students will learn how the system is structured, how care is organized, delivered, and financed, and how the Affordable Care Act will influence the future of the system. Students will understand the U.S. health policy making structure process at the federal, state, and local levels. Students who complete this course will be able to interpret current controversies around US health policy and develop informed opinions on future policy developments. HarvardX pursues the science of learning. By registering as an online learner in an HX course, you will also participate in research about learning. Read our research statement to learn more.
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HarvardX  ●  Online
HUM 2.3x. The third of five modules in The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours, “Hours 12-15: Cult of Heroes” explores the vast variety of perspectives brought to bear on the idea of the ancient Greek hero in the versatile medium of prose, as exemplified by authors as varied as Herodotus, the so-called father of history, and Philostratus, an intellectual from a post-classical period who was prodigiously well-versed in classical and pre-classical lore about cult heroes. In Homeric poetry the idea of hero cult is implicit even though characters like Odysseus are not explicitly identified as cult heroes. The situation is different, however, in the poetry attributed to Hesiod, where the very idea of a cult hero is precisely outlined and illustrated, especially in the myth about the five generations of humankind. As we will see from the lively prose narratives of such learned and captivating authors as Herodotus and Philostratus, the mystique of cult heroes, both male and female, enthralled their adoring worshippers, who treasured the exotic stories of epiphanies and miracles that were linked with the places made sacred by the felt presence of heroes residing in the mother earth that concealed their bodies. We will even get the chance to read and analyze an eyewitness prose account of an actual initiation into the mysteries of a hero cult. This prose account brings home to us the seriousness of personally experiencing such an initiation, and it shows the emotional impact of making contact with the consciousness of superhuman forces that inhabit the mystical world of hero cult. See other courses in this series: Module 1, “Hours 1-5: Epic and Lyric” Module 2, “Hours 6-11: Signs of the Hero in Epic and Iconography” Module 4, “Hours 16-21: The Hero in Tragedy” Module 5, “Hours 22-24: Plato and Beyond” HarvardX pursues the science of learning. By registering as an online learner in an HX course, you will also participate in research about learning. Read our research statement to learn more.
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PekingX  ●  Online
Course Introduction video can also visit China website "Program Design Basics" is the computer science and technology professional core courses are compulsory subjects basis. School of Computer Science and Technology, Jilin University "program design" course is a national boutique lesson. The course for the university first semester, no undergraduate Prerequisite, but requires high school students to better grasp of English, mathematics and other subjects related knowledge, and have basic computer skills. The course in C language as the carrier, the introduction of PAD indicates that the program logic, the main contents include: algorithms, structured programming, functions, recursion, data types, arrays, pointers, structures, documents, lists and so on. This course teaches basic video main ideas and methods of programming. Focus on training and the ability to train students in computational thinking and programming capabilities. Teaching guiding principle is "the main line to program design," teaching method is "driven by the case." Teaching PAD describe the algorithm used in the process, leads to knowledge through practical examples, and through programming examples to explain knowledge to enhance students understanding. To familiarize students with the main programming language structure, to understand the basic idea of ​​program design, program design master the basic method has certain computational thinking ability and preliminary program design capabilities. This course is offered by Jilin University, recommended by the Peking University.
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MITx  ●  Online
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.
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