ESP Biography
KYANH TRAN, MIT junior studying Physics
Major: Physics College/Employer: MIT Year of Graduation: 2013 

Brief Biographical Sketch:
Not Available. Past Classes(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)S6537: Spacetime and Black Holes and More! in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17  18, 2012)
Have you ever wondered what a black hole is? What does it mean for spacetime to be curved? Is time travel possible in our current universe? If yes, this course is for you! We start with basic Newtonian Gravity, and move on to build intuition behind Einstein's General Relativity.
S4979: The Physics of Spacetime: Black Holes, Time Travel and more... in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19  20, 2011)
Have you ever wondered what a black hole is?
What does it mean for spacetime to be curved?
Is time travel possible in our current universe?
If yes, this course is for you! We start with basic Newtonian Gravity, and move on to build intuition behind Einstein's General Relativity.
E3724: Introduction to Circuits in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20  21, 2010)
Have you ever wondered how a radio works? How AM modulation works? What happens when you tune a radio? Then this is the class you should take.
Starting with the basics of circuit analysis (Ohm's law, Kirchoff voltage and current), we will try to derive or heuristically understand the basic theorems of circuit analysis: Thevenin, Norton Equivalent circuit, Superposition principle, and impedance analysis.
We will then delve into an analysis of practical and useful circuits, low pass/high pass/bandpass filters, and circuits inside our radio.
M3631: Practical Calculus I in Junction Summer 2010 (Jul. 01  Aug. 11, 2010)
Did you always want to learn calculus, but never had the time to? Or, do you want to refresh some of you calculus knowledge, to prep for a class like Hardcore Mechanics or Multivariate Calculus?
If so, this class is for you! Practical Calculus I &II form ultrafast paced, problemsolving oriented calculus sequence, with emphasis on teaching you how to DO calculus. No delta epsilon nonsense, or longwinded proofs here. We will use mainly intuitive understanding powerful analogies to "prove" the theorems. We will cover in the 1st seminar:
 Differentiation, product/quotient rules, chain rule
We will cover in the 2nd seminar:
Integration, change of variables, Taylor Expansions
If you did not have exposure to calculus before, it is highly advised that you go to Andrew Spieker Calculus Seminars too, to gain some previous exposure, since this class will be extremely fast paced.
M3632: Practical calculus II in Junction Summer 2010 (Jul. 01  Aug. 11, 2010)
Did you always want to learn calculus, but never had the time to? Or, do you want to refresh some of you calculus knowledge, to prep for a class like Hardcore Mechanics or Multivariate Calculus?
If so, this class is for you! Practical Calculus I &II form ultrafast paced, problemsolving oriented calculus sequence, with emphasis on teaching you how to DO calculus. No delta epsilon nonsense, or longwinded proofs here. We will use mainly intuitive understanding powerful analogies to "prove" the theorems. We will cover in the 1st seminar:
 Differentiation, product/quotient rules, chain rule
We will cover in the 2nd seminar:
Integration, change of variables, Taylor Expansions
If you did not have exposure to calculus before, it is highly advised that you go to Andrew Spieker Calculus Seminars too, to gain some previous
S3633: Special Relativity I in Junction Summer 2010 (Jul. 01  Aug. 11, 2010)
If I move .99c past you, and you move .99 c past a point, what is my relative speed to that point?
In the 2 relativity seminar classes, we will explore the mysteries of special relativity, deriving the whole theory from scratch. We will cover:
 Seminar I: Derivation of Lorentz Transformation and its consequences, relativistic kinematics, Minkowski spacetime diagrams, paradoxes
 Seminar II: Geometric interpretation of Special Relativity, relativistic dynamics, 4vectors and more...
S3634: Special Relativity II in Junction Summer 2010 (Jul. 01  Aug. 11, 2010)
If I move .99c past you, and you move .99 c past a point, what is my relative speed to that point?
In the 2 relativity seminar classes, we will explore the mysteries of special relativity, deriving the whole theory from scratch. We will cover:
 Seminar I: Derivation of Lorentz Transformation and its consequences, relativistic kinematics, Minkowski spacetime diagrams, paradoxes
 Seminar II: Geometric interpretation of Special Relativity, relativistic dynamics, 4vectors and more...
S3192: Solving Difficult Mechanics Problems in Spark! 2010 (Mar. 13, 2010)
Do vertiginous incline planes make you perspire? Do rolling cylinders, collisions of blocks, pulley mass systems make you excited?
If so, this is the class for you. We will together solve the awesome problems in mechanics that do not require calculus, using only Newtonian mechanics (the first thing we learn in high school physics) and some precalculus. I will share with you my tips and tricks in solving difficult mechanics problems. Furthermore, this class will serve as a decent warm up (and maybe more) for those of you interested in Physics olympiad.
In the process, we will examine the greatest hits in standard introductory level mechanics problems, pulled from an almanac of hairpulling/ elegant problems in physics:
Irodov Problems in General Physics
David Morin’s Classical Mechanics
An “Introduction” to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow.
S2726: Relativity in Electricity and Magnetism. in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21  22, 2009)
Electricity and magnetism are intricately connected, but did you know we could show and explain how magnetism is just an electric phenomena with a relativisitic twist?...
You might think that relativity is not so applicable, because the first things that come to mind when we talk about relativistic effects are things that, say, move at 2000000m/s, or, in other words, things that go thousands of time faster than a bullet.
Then, what does relativity have to do with Electricity and Magnetism? By that, how do currents in wires that have a drift velocity of the order of 1 cm/s exhibit relativistic effects in tangible ways? Well, it has EVERYTHING to do with it. In fact, magnetic phenomenas can be explained solely using electricity and special relativity. And that's exactly what WE will do.
In this class, we will take some ideas from Einstein's special relativity, mix it up vigorously with coulomb's law, and what we get out of it is... MAGNETISM!
S2799: A Hardcore Seminar on Solving Difficult Mechanics Problems. in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21  22, 2009)
Do vertiginous incline planes make you perspire? Do rolling cylinders, collisions of blocks, pulley mass systems make you excited?
If so, this is the class for you. We will together solve the most awesome problems in mechanics that do not require calculus, using only Newtonian mechanics (the first thing we learn in high school physics) and some precalculus. I will share with you my tips and tricks in solving difficult mechanics problems. Furthermore, this class will serve as a decent warm up (and maybe more) for those of you interested in Physics olympiad.
In the process, we will examine the greatest hits in standard introductory level mechanics problems, pulled from an almanac of hairpulling/ elegant problems in physics:
Irodov Problems in General Physics
David Morin's Classical Mechanics
An "Introduction" to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow.
