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MIT and other educational partners have contributed the following resources to enhance your use of OCW. Some materials may not correspond to a particular course on OCW, while others maybe relevant to many different courses.

Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Chemistry
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Global Enterprise for Micro-Mechanics and Molecular Medicine (GEM4)
Interdisciplinary Topics
Lincoln Laboratory
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Physics
Sloan School of Management



Brain and Cognitive Sciences

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Statistics and Visualization for Data Analysis and Inference

Dr. Ed Vul and Dr. Mike Frank

A whirl-wind tour of the statistics used in behavioral science research covering topics including: data visualization, building your own null-hypothesis distribution through permutation, useful parametric distributions, the generalized linear model, and model-based analyses more generally. Familiarity with MATLAB®, Octave, or R will be useful, prior experience with statistics will be helpful but is not essential. This course is intended to be a ground-up sketch of a coherent, alternative perspective to the "null-hypothesis significance testing" method for behavioral research (but don't worry if you don't know what this means).

Online Publication

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Chemistry

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Digital Lab Techniques Manual

Dr. Kimberly Berkowski, Dr. Sarah Tabacco, Eileen Huang, and Aayesha Siddiqui

The "Digital Lab Techniques Manual" is a series of videos designed to help you prepare for your chemistry laboratory class.

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Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

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Evolution of Physical Oceanography

Edited by Bruce A. Warren and Carl Wunsch

The authors of Evolution of Physical Oceanography were asked to describe the evolution of their subject over the history of physical oceanography, and to provide a survey of the state-of-the-art of their subject as of 1980. Many of the chapters in this textbook are still up-to-date descriptions of active scientific fields, and all of them are important historical records.

Textbook

Topics in Fluid Dynamics: Dimensional Analysis, the Coriolis Force, and Lagrangian and Eulerian Representations

James F. Price

This collection of three essays was developed from the author's experience teaching Fluid Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean, 12.800, offered to graduate students entering the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. The goal of this course is to help each student master the concepts and mathematical tools that make up the foundation of classical and geophysical fluid dynamics.

Online Publication

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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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Continuum Electromechanics

James R. Melcher

This textbook provides a foundation in electromagnetics, particularly conversion of energy between electrical and mechanical forms. Applications include transducers, rotating machines, Van de Graff machines, image processing, ferrofluids, liquid crystal displays, electron beams, and electrokinetic and electrocapillary interactions in biological systems.

Textbook

Electromagnetic Fields and Energy

Hermann A. Haus, James R. Melcher, Markus Zahn, and Manuel L. Silva

Electromagnetic Fields and Energy is aimed at those who have seen Maxwell's equations in integral and differential form and who have been exposed to some integral theorems and differential operators. Accompanying video demonstrations convey electromagnetism concepts.

Textbook with Video

Electromagnetic Field Theory: A Problem Solving Approach

Markus Zahn

This text is an introductory treatment on the junior level for a two-semester electrical engineering course starting from the Coulomb-Lorentz force law on a point charge.

Textbook

Electromechanical Dynamics

Herbert H. Woodson and James R. Melcher

This textbook discusses the interaction of electromagnetic fields with media in motion. The presentation emphasizes the connection between physical reality and analytical models. Types of electromechanical interactions covered include rotating machinery, plasma dynamics, the electromechanics of biological systems, and magnetoelasticity.

Textbook

Principles of Computer System Design: An Introduction

Jerome H. Saltzer and M. Frans Kaashoek

This textbook about computer systems takes an unusual and unique approach by exploring fundamental concepts that are common across operating systems, networks, database systems, distributed systems, programming languages, software engineering, security, fault tolerance, and architecture. The book is published in two parts. Part I, with chapters on systems, abstractions, naming, clients and services, virtualization, and performance, is a traditional printed textbook published by Morgan Kaufman. Part II, with chapters about networks, fault tolerance, atomicity, consistency, and security, plus a glossary, reading list, and problem sets, is available here.

Textbook

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Global Enterprise for Micro-Mechanics and Molecular Medicine (GEM4)

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Global Enterprise for Micro-Mechanics and Molecular Medicine (GEM4) Short Courses

Various faculty of MIT and other institutions

The first GEM4 Summer School was held at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts in August, 2006, with a focus on the role of biomechanics in infectious disease.

Online Course

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Interdisciplinary Topics

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Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies (BLOSSOMS)

Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies (BLOSSOMS) is a free repository of video modules for high school math and science classes. The ultimate goal is to gather a large body of content generated by gifted volunteer teachers from around the world.

Resources currently available on the site were provided by MIT faculty and PhD students, and include resources in mathematics, physics and biology. The website is growing, and over the coming months there will be BLOSSOMS video modules created by educators in Jordan and Pakistan - all available in English.

Online Publication

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Executive Training: Evaluating Social Programs

This five-day program on evaluating social programs will provide a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one's own evaluation. While the course focuses on randomized evaluations, many of the topics, such as measuring outcomes and dealing with threats to the validity of an evaluation, are relevant for other methodologies.

Online Publication

The Torch or The Firehose: A Guide to Section Teaching

Arthur Mattuck

Professor Mattuck offers both novice and seasoned instructors guidelines on how sections can best serve as a complement to lectures, how to help students become better learners, and how to enjoy their experience as recitation teachers.

Online Publication

Understanding Lasers and Fiberoptics

Shaoul Ezekiel

This brief video course is designed for engineers, scientists, medical personnel, managers, and others who work with lasers and/or fiberoptics, or who anticipate working with lasers and/or fiberoptics, yet have little or no background in laser or fiberoptic basics.

Video

Video Demonstrations in Lasers and Optics

Shaoul Ezekiel

This resource contains demonstrations used to illustrate the theory and applications of lasers and optics.

Video

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Lincoln Laboratory

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Adaptive Antennas and Phased Arrays

Dr. Alan J. Fenn

The 16 lectures in this course cover the topics of adaptive antennas and phased arrays. Both theory and experiments are covered in the lectures. Part one (lectures 1 to 7) covers adaptive antennas. Part two (lectures 8 to 16) covers phased arrays. Parts one and two can be studied independently (in either order). The intended audience for this course is primarily practicing engineers and students in electrical engineering. This course is presented by Dr. Alan J. Fenn, senior staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Online Publication

Introduction to Radar Systems

Dr. Robert M. O'Donnell

This set of 10 lectures (about 11+ hours in duration) was excerpted from a three-day course developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory to provide an understanding of radar systems concepts and technologies to military officers and DoD civilians involved in radar systems development, acquisition, and related fields. That three-day program consists of a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, laboratory sessions, and tours.

Online Publication

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Mathematics

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Calculus

Gilbert Strang

Published in 1991 and still in print from Wellesley-Cambridge Press, the book is a useful resource for educators and self-learners alike. It is well organized, covers single variable and multivariable calculus in depth, and is rich with applications.

Textbook

Instructor's Manual

Study Guide

Calculus for Beginners and Artists

Daniel Kleitman

This online textbook provides an overview of Calculus in clear, easy to understand language designed for the non-mathematician.

Online Publication

Introduction to MATLAB

Yossi Farjoun

The course, intended for students with no programming experience, provides the foundations of programming in MATLAB®. Variables, arrays, conditional statements, loops, functions, and plots are explained. At the end of the course, students should be able to use MATLAB in their own work, and be prepared to deepen their MATLAB programming skills and tackle other languages for computing, such as Java, C++, or Python.

Online Publication

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Mechanical Engineering

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Engineering Design Instructional Computer System (EDICS)

Seichi Tsutsumi, David Gordon Wilson, Ernesto Blanco, Woodie Flowers, et al.

EDICS, or Engineering Design Instructional Computer System, is an interactive multimedia program started in 1981, which consists of three chapters on bearings, rotors and cylinders, lets students with little background in engineering learn about procedures on a computer with text, graphics, animation, sound and diagrams.

Online Publication

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Physics

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Applied Geometric Algebra

László Tisza

László Tisza is Professor of Physics Emeritus at MIT, where he began teaching in 1941. This online publication is a reproduction the original lecture notes for the course "Applied Geometric Algebra" taught by Professor Tisza in the Spring of 1976.

Online Publication

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Sloan School of Management

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MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources (MSTIR)

MIT Sloan Faculty

MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources (MSTIR) is a collection of teaching materials, including case studies, simulations, deep dives, and industry, business and country overviews that MIT Sloan provides as a free teaching resource open and available to the world.

Case Studies

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