ESP Biography
ZOE THORKILDSEN, Hobbyist teacher
Major: Not available. College/Employer: CNA (Alexandria VA) Year of Graduation: Not available. 

Brief Biographical Sketch:
Zoë journeys each year to Boston to teach at MIT Splash! She has degrees in economics, mathematics, and psychology, and currently works in the DC Metro area as a researcher in the field of emergency preparedness. Past Classes(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)H6284: Economics: Market Failures in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17  18, 2012)
Come learn about market failures through interactive economic "games". In this course, we will both discuss and demonstrate possible problems that can crop up in a free market, as well as interventions that can help prevent these failures.
H6285: Economics: Supply and Demand in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17  18, 2012)
Come to this course for an introduction to basic economic principles like supply, demand, elasticity, and market structure.
M6286: Hypothesis Testing and Statistics in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17  18, 2012)
In this course we will discuss basic statistics and hypothesis testing, including the concepts of the mean and standard deviation, and the Student's ttest. While formulas will be presented, the focus will be on gaining a conceptual understanding of the material
M6287: Introduction to Symbolic Logic and Proofs in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17  18, 2012)
This class is all about the foundations of proving statements. We’ll start with the underlying theory behind proofs (symbolic logic) and then take some time to prove a few simple theorems from number theory.
Any time leftover will be open to work on additional proofs and ask questions of the teacher.
H5068: Market Economics: Supply and Demand in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19  20, 2011)
You hear about supply and demand on the news all the time, but what do they really mean? And are the newscasters even using the words correctly? (Answer: sometimes.) Learn about Adam Smith’s theory of the invisible hand, and about how markets reach equilibrium. We will also discuss elasticity of demand and supply and what implications they have for buyers and sellers in a market.
Any remaining time will be open for questions about economics in general.
M5069: Introduction to Symbolic Logic and Proofs in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19  20, 2011)
This class is all about the foundations of proving statements. We’ll start with the underlying theory behind proofs (symbolic logic) and then take some time to prove a few simple theorems from number theory.
Any time leftover will be open to work on additional proofs and ask questions of the teacher.
M5071: Introduction to Regression Analysis in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19  20, 2011)
Regression analysis is a statistical method that allows researchers to explore relationships between dependent and independent variables. These could range from the relationship between SAT scores and college admissions, or between natural resource abundance and likelihood of civil war. Far more than a simple correlation coefficient, regression analysis allows much more detailed and informative analysis. In this course, we’ll touch on research methods, basic statistics, conceptual mathematics, econometrics, and the study of social issues. You’ll get to participate in a miniresearch project using statistical software to analyze some real world data using regression techniques.
We will move fast, be prepared.
M5072: Introduction to Statistics in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19  20, 2011)
This course will provide a quick and breezy introduction to the basic concepts underlying statistical analysis. We'll start at means and standard deviations and hopefully get to ttests by the end of the class, with some side forays into probability distributions.
This class will focus on conceptual understanding and developing intuition rather than an unending string of formulas.
Game Theory: Introduction in SPLASH (2006)
Come and meet Rose and Colin in a brief introduction to the field of game theory. You will learn how ...
Game Theory: Introduction in SPLASH (2006)
Come and meet Rose and Colin in a brief introduction to the field of game theory. You will learn how ...
Game Theory: Market Failure in SPLASH (2006)
Come discover what sheep, lemons, and the public school system have in common. We will play three different market games ...
Game Theory: Market Failure in SPLASH (2006)
Come discover what sheep, lemons, and the public school system have in common. We will play three different market games ...
Introduction to Symbolic Logic and Proofs in SPLASH (2006)
Learn the underlying properties of logical proofs, used by mathematicians the world over to prove new theorems. We will start ...
Introduction to Symbolic Logic and Proofs in SPLASH (2006)
Learn the underlying properties of logical proofs, used by mathematicians the world over to prove new theorems. We will start ...
Logic Puzzles and Critical Thinking Problems in SPLASH (2006)
Spend one hour figuring out brain teasers and puzzles that ask you to think logically or creatively about a problem. ...
Logic Puzzles and Critical Thinking Problems in SPLASH (2006)
Spend one hour figuring out brain teasers and puzzles that ask you to think logically or creatively about a problem. ...
Market Economics in SPLASH (2006)
You hear about supply and demand on the news all the time, but what do they really mean? And are ...
Market Economics in SPLASH (2006)
You hear about supply and demand on the news all the time, but what do they really mean? And are ...
Thinking Like an Economist in SPLASH (2006)
Learn to think like an economist and why there
