ESP Biography

TOMOHIRO SOEJIMA, MIT chemistry and physics student from Japan

Major: 5/8

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a sophomore studying chemistry and physics in MIT. I lived in Japan for 18 years and this is the first time to live abroad.
I was in science club when I was in high school in Japan, where I conducted many chemistry experiments, which cultivated my interests into the field.
I love talking about chemistry and random science things and I hope my class will help listeners to enjoy science.

Past Classes

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S9485: Thermodynamics and Statistical mechanics in HSSP Summer 2015 (Jul. 12, 2015)
Thermodynamics is one of the most beautiful theory in physics. It unifies various different phenomena in the world under two fundamental laws:Energy conservation and increase of entropy. We will explore how this theory came into being, and examines its historical and scientific significance. After that, we will talk about Statistical Mechanics, a theory that connects microscopic phenomena with macroscopic phenomena. Here we will ask fundamental questions as "What is heat?" "What is entropy?. We will also explore a bit about the relevance of quantum mechanics to statistical mechanics. Necessary maths (calculus, probability, linear algebra) are developed as needed during the course.

S8806: Metal Organic Frameworks in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
In this class, I am going to talk about a cutting-edge research in inorganic chemistry. A Metal Organic Framework is a material that has a huge surface area and porosity and has the potential for many applications. The structure and its properties will be explained.

S8807: Intro to Organic Chemistry in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
This class will cover basic ideas of Organic Chemistry and explain how we can synthesize cool molecules using Organic Chemistry technique. The class focuses more on experimental techniques and real world examples.

S8346: Why boiled water cools down? Introduction to physics of heat and change. in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
If you leave boiled water in a room, it will cool down and get to room temperature. If we just leave something, heat always goes from hotter to cooler. It is never other way around. But why is that so? Why can't you move heat from cooler thing to hotter thing? This is a very typical example of an area of physics called "Thermodynamics". In this class, using everyday examples, basic concepts of thermodynamics will be introduced.

S8347: What is atom? A short history of how human beings discovered atom. in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
Atom is a basic constituents of all materials. Everything we can tough consists of atoms. But human beings did not know what atom was until 100 years ago. There were an exciting experiments, beautiful theories that led us to the better understanding of atom. In this lecture, brief history of "atomic hypothesis" will be explained.

B7739: Basic Japanese conversation in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Starting from pronunciation of Japanese, basic conversational Japanese. Topics covered are, how to introduce yourself, how to ask a simple question etc.

S7741: Topic in Inorganic Chemistry:Metal Organic Frameworks in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Describe a novel material called "Metal Organic Frameworks", which has an interesting structure and interesting property such as adsorption. This class is designed to give a sense of cutting-edge chemistry research. It's not like a "chemistry lecture"!. It's more like a talk about how interesting chemistry research is.