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April 2007 Newsletter

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MIT OpenCourseWare Update: April 2007

A Monthly E-mail Newsletter for Users and Friends of MIT OpenCourseWare

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In this issue:

  1. 1,600 Courses Now Available!
  2. MIT Teaches That?
  3. Tell Us Your Story
  4. Brain Teaser
  5. Views from Visitors - How You Can Help
  6. New and Updated Courses - The Good Life, Fluorescence, and more

1. 1,600 Courses Now Available!

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MIT OCW now offers 1,600 free online courses! You can see the complete Master Course List, organized by department, at http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Global/all-courses.htm. New courses in this list are marked with, ah, “NEW.” Did you know that you can sign up for an RSS feed, sent right to your computer, listing all NEW and UPDATED courses published in the last ninety days? The list is in chronological order, most recent at the top. Go http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Global/OCWHelp/rssfeeds.htm to learn more about RSS feeds, and to subscribe.


2. MIT Teaches That?

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MIT offers a plethora of wonderful course subjects that may amaze--and thrill--you: This month’s feature, “Toy Product Design,” looks to promote good dental hygiene for children by designing and prototyping new children’s toys. To find a full description of SP.778 Toy Product Design, Spring 2006, go to: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Special-Programs/SP-778Spring-2006/CourseHome


3. Tell US Your Story

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Your experience using MIT OCW materials to solve work-related problems, improve courses you teach, or learn in ways you otherwise couldn't, brings to life the many ways our site is making an impact. If you are interested in having your OCW story featured on our site or other in communication, we'd love to hear from you. If you've used OCW in a unique way, or the site materials have impacted your life or livelihood significantly, please take a few minutes to tell us how in an e-mail to: ocw-outreach@mit.edu.


4. Brain Teaser

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See the picture  of Prof. Lewin, taken by Prof. Lewin. Can you explain what caused the ring of colors? See if your answer is correct in the MIT Course, 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves, Fall 2004. The answer is revealed in Prof. Lewin’s lecture #22. http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Physics/8-03Fall-2004/CourseHome/index.htm


5. Views from Visitors - How You Can Help

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“I am a self taught software developer / engineer who is always looking for new information about the topic. MIT OCW has a lot of reputable information available for absolutely free. At first, I couldn't believe it! I started browsing and was completely astonished by what I have come across. I have studied this material and have given myself an edge in order to get a better paying job at a technology company. I know, it usually doesn't work like that, but knowledge is power and when the knowledge is free the power is infinite in what one can accomplish.” – Self-learner, United States

We thank you for being part of this open movement, but we need your help! MIT OCW will always be a free and open digital publication, but your donation (small or large) helps us continue to offer a high-quality publication of MIT’s course materials in the long term. Please donate to MIT OCW right now, or look for this button on the OCW web site:

GIVE to MIT OCW. 

Your gift of $50, $100, $500 or whatever amount is right for you will enable us to keep MIT OCW vibrant and up to date. Thank you!


6. New and Updated Courses - The Good Life, Fluorescence, and more

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The following are new and updated courses on MIT OCW.

17.55J Introduction to Latin American Studies (MIT)
24.805 Topics in Theory of Knowledge: A Priori Knowledge (MIT)
24.02 Moral Problems and the Good Life (MIT)
2.THA Undergraduate Thesis for Course 2-A (MIT)
24.810 Topics in Philosophy of Science: Social Science (MIT)
24.892 Classification, Natural Kinds, and Conceptual Change: Race as a Case Study (MIT)

6.452 Principles of Wireless Communications (MIT)
21M.030 Introduction to World Music (MIT)
21F.065 Japanese Literature and Cinema (MIT)
STS.330 History and Anthropology of Medicine and Biology (MIT)
CMS.998 Videogame Theory and Analysis (MIT)

21M.262 Modern Music: 1900-1960 (MIT)
4.301 Introduction to the Visual Arts (MIT)
11.360 Community Growth and Land Use Planning (MIT)
11.947 Imaging the City: The Place of Media in City Design and Development (MIT)
7.343 Photosynthesis: Life from Light (MIT)
SP.2H3 Ancient Philosophy and Mathematics (MIT)
21A.340J Technology and Culture (MIT)
21W.732-2 Introduction to Technical Communication: Ethics in Science and Technology (MIT)
STS.006J Bioethics (MIT)
7.341 Brightening up Life: Harnessing the Power of Fluorescence Imaging to Observe Biology in Action (MIT)
12.091 Radon Research in Multidisciplines: A Review (MIT)
7.340 Avoiding Genomic Instability: DNA Replication, the Cell Cycle, and Cancer (MIT)


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