HSSP Fall 2008
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Welcome to the Fall HSSP catalog! MIT students are fairly last-minute with their planning, so this catalog will be changing through September 7th. We expect to end up with about 18 subjects.
In the meantime, please sign up for any classes you are interested in; you can sign up for more than one course per time block, and indicate your order of preference by adding your favorite class first.
Note: Pre-registering does not guarantee enrollment in a class. By adding a class to your schedule, you're indicating your interest in that class. We will do our best to put you in the classes you want to take, and you will receive a schedule on the first day (Sep. 13) reflecting the classes you are actually registered for. Then, if you find a need to switch classes, you may do so by asking the directors in person.
(Computer access will be required outside of class.)
This class will cover numerous techniques and genres of Photoshop (art)work, starting with navigating around Photoshop (CS, CS2, or CS3), applying simple transformations, effects, and filters, creating composite images, hand-simulating effects, and will end with more advanced topics like interface design, heavy composites, and design ideology.
This is not a basics class, and will become quite advanced, but beginners will be able to follow the lessons.
A moderate understanding of how to use an end-user computer app. I would suggest bringing in your own laptop if possible, but doing so will probably not be needed. Other than those, simply a creative mind and an eager will to learn!
Learn to develop remixes and mash-ups, design avatar characters and take your characters across platforms such as social-networking sites and the blogosphere. Make cool visualizations about your hobbies and neighborhood. Each week we will explore a different tool and use that tool to add to your techno-biography.
There are no pre-requisites for this course. I will include some pilot curricular activities that are being developed at CMS. Students will be invited to participate in a research study to provide feedback and share work with the instructor so that activities can be refined for future use. With permission from students, an observer will be present periodically to observe how these pilot curricular activities are being conducted and the results of these activities.
Students will learn to play MTG through getting their own preconstructed deck
Experienced players may come, but will need to be patient as everyone else learns how to play.
[Deprecated] Liberal Arts
Please come with us to work on this project: to complete your own piece of Chinese brush painting complete with calligraphy along the side. Your work of art will be inspired by Chinese poems we will read in class. No Chinese language experience is required.
In this class, students will:
* experiment with Chinese paintbrush and watercolor
* read translated Chinese poems
* learn basic pin-yin (Chinese phonetic) and read a Chinese poem
* learn a few basic Chinese characters and write with a brush
* experience how different artistic forms come together in Chinese art
The course has no real mathematical prerequisites but material does require significant mathematical maturity. Come prepared to think hard and abstractly! Also, this course IS a prerequisite for The Fringes of Chaos II class -- Computability and Continuum Systems, that I will be teaching this Spring.
Following in the footsteps of Einstein, we'll embark on a careful study of special relativity. We'll cover time dilation, length contraction, Lorentz transformations, velocity addition, energy and momentum, and particle collisions. We'll discover that space and time are really weird, and we'll resolve many cool paradoxes. We'll then consider gravity, leading us briefly into general relativity and black holes. Finally, we'll conclude with particle physics; you'll learn the difference between bosons and fermions, quarks and leptons, and matter and antimatter.
I intend to be mathematically rigorous but, fortunately, a complete treatment of special relativity requires surprisingly few prerequisites.
Prerequisites: High-school algebra, trigonometry, and a physics course on basic Newtonian mechanics
For more information, including a syllabus, please visit the course website at http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~sanders/HSSP.
A solid background in algebra.
Knowledge of differential and integral calculus will be assumed. Other math such as multivariable calculus and linear algebra will be taught when required. Previous exposure to physics is not required.
The course is currently planned for 3 hours on Saturday evenings (1 hour class, 2 hours observation). Precise hours will be scheduled on the first day of class based on student and instructor availability. The first day of class will be held at the regular scheduled HSSP time. There will also be an optional field trip to Wellesley observatory near the end of the term.
Algebra I and Geometry required. Knowledge of Algebra II (logarithms, trigonometry) useful but not required. Chief requirements: an interest in astronomy and a willingness to learn! Course intended for high-school students; advanced middle-school students meeting the prerequisites may contact the instructors to enter the class.
This class is intended as a biology course for engineers, physicists, and mathematicians (or those of that mind set). You should be comfortable thinking about biology and chemistry as a complex network of physical processes, and should know what an atom is in the most general sense. You should also be insanely curious. Everything else - I will build from scratch.