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May 2007 Newsletter


MIT OpenCourseWare Update: May 2007

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


In this issue:

1. OCW Mirror Site Program


The OCW Mirror Site Program provides copies of the MIT OCW website to educational organizations encountering significant challenges to internet accessibility, inadequate internet infrastructure, or prohibitive internet costs.

OCW Mirror Site packages are available free of charge to educational institutions meeting our program criteria. Each package includes a complete copy of the MIT OCW site as well as supplementary tools and materials provided on an external hard drive. Interested institutions should contact Yvonne Ng, MIT OCW External Outreach Manager, at .

2. MIT Teaches That?


The “How to Learn (Almost) Anything” course explores new opportunities for learning in the digital age, with special focus on what can be learned through immersive, hands-on activities.  

To find a full description of MAS.712 How to Learn (Almost) Anything, Spring 2001, go to:

3. 150 OCW Consortium Members and Growing


The OpenCourseWare Consortium continues to grow with more than 150 member educational institutions. On May 7, 2007, ten Spanish universities launched OpenCourseWare sites containing a total of 120 courses. The sites are all accessible through the Universia OCW portal. Universia also translates MIT OpenCourseWare content into Spanish and Portuguese. MIT OpenCourseWare congratulates the Spanish universities and Universia on this accomplishment!

4. Brain Teaser


Number theory is the branch of pure mathematics concerned with the properties of numbers in general, and integers in particular, as well as the wider classes of problems that arise from their study.  Using the Euclidian algorithm, compute the greatest common divisor g of 423 and 198. Then find integers x and y so that g = 423x+ 198y.

See if your answer is correct in the MIT Course, 18.781 Theory of Numbers, Spring 2003.  Look in the first mid-term exam.

5. Views from Visitors - How You Can Help


“The course material provided in the OCW is extremely useful especially for the people who do not have formal background. Most of the times, a professional works in a field about which he/she had not studied in college. OCW fills the gap between his learning at work place and theory necessary for the profession.” – Self learner, India

 We need your help to continue providing global benefits like the one above! 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:


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 - Masala, Marathon, Mechanics, and more


The following are new and updated courses on MIT OCW.

1.101 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design I (MIT)

1.201J Introduction to Transportation Systems (MIT)

1.203J Logistical and Transportation Planning Methods (MIT)

1.259J Transit Management (MIT)

1.731 Water Resource Systems (MIT)

1.963 Globalization of the Engineering and Construction Industry (MIT)

1.964 Design for Sustainability (MIT)

2.001 Mechanics & Materials I (MIT)

2.141 Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems (MIT)

2.171 Analysis and Design of Digital Control Systems (MIT)

2.964 Economics of Marine Transportation Industries (MIT)

3.093 Information Exploration: Becoming a Savvy Scholar (MIT)

4.170 Ecuador Workshop (MIT)

4.191 Introduction to Integrated Design (MIT)

5.76 Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure (MIT)

6.034 Artificial Intelligence (MIT)

6.803 The Human Intelligence Enterprise (MIT)

7.342 Reading the Blueprint of Life: Transcription, Stem Cells and Differentiation (MIT)

8.022 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (MIT)

8.952 Particle Physics of the Early Universe (MIT)

9.12 Experimental Molecular Neurobiology (MIT)

9.22J A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain (MIT)

9.93 Marathon Moral Reasoning Laboratory (MIT)

10.490 Integrated Chemical Engineering I (MIT)

10.52 Mechanics of Fluids (MIT)

10.569 Synthesis of Polymers (MIT)

11.129 Educational Theory and Practice I (MIT)

11.225 Argumentation and Communication (MIT)

11.301J Introduction to Urban Design and Development (MIT)

11.481J Analyzing & Accounting for Regional Economic Change (MIT)

11.482J Regional Socioeconomic Impact Analysis and Modeling (MIT)

11.540J Urban Transportation Planning (MIT)

11.957 Frameworks of Urban Governance (MIT)

11.959 Reforming Natural Resources Governance: Failings of Scientific Rationalism and Alternatives for Building Common Ground (MIT)

11.965 Reflective Practice: An Approach for Expanding Your Learning Frontiers (MIT)

11.967 Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning: Economic Development Planning Skills (MIT)

12.006J Nonlinear Dynamics I: Chaos (MIT)

12.301 Past and Present Climate (MIT)

12.757 Science and Communication (MIT)

14.44 Energy Economics (MIT)

14.451 Macroeconomic Theory I (MIT)

14.453 Macroeconomic Theory III (MIT)

14.661 Labor Economics I (MIT)

15.902 Strategic Management I (MIT)

15.997 Advanced Corporate Risk Management (MIT)

16.423J Aerospace Biomedical and Life Support Engineering (MIT)

16.540 Internal Flows in Turbomachines (MIT)

16.682 Prototyping Avionics (MIT)

16.810 Engineering Design and Rapid Prototyping (MIT)

17.20 Introduction to the American Political Process (MIT)

17.245 The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights (MIT)

17.265 Public Opinion and American Democracy (MIT)

17.50 Introduction to Comparative Politics (MIT)

18.366 Random Walks and Diffusion (MIT)

18.969 Topics in Geometry (MIT)

20.181 Computation for Biological Engineers (MIT)

20.309 Biological Engineering II: Instrumentation and Measurement (MIT)

21F.011 Topics in Indian Popular Culture: Spectacle, Masala, and Genre (MIT)

21F.030 East Asian Cultures: From Zen to Pop (MIT)

21F.043J Introduction to Asian American Studies: Literature, Culture, and Historical Experience (MIT)

21F.044 Traditional Chinese Literature: Poetry, Fiction, and Drama (MIT)

21F.104 Chinese IV (Regular) (MIT)

21F.228 Advanced Workshop in Writing for Social Sciences and Architecture (ELS) (MIT)

21F.414 German Culture, Media, and Society (MIT)

21H.221 The Places of Migration in United States History (MIT)

21H.522 Japan in the Age of the Samurai: History and Film (MIT)

21H.601 Islam, the Middle East, and the West (MIT)

21M.250 Schubert to Debussy (MIT)

21W.732-5 Introduction to Technical Communication: Explorations in Scientific and Technical Writing (MIT)

21W.755 Writing and Reading Short Stories (MIT)

21W.775 Writing about Nature and Environmental Issues (MIT)

22.01 Introduction to Ionizing Radiation (MIT)

22.101 Applied Nuclear Physics (MIT)

22.105 Electromagnetic Interactions (MIT)

22.251 Systems Analysis of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (MIT)

22.314J Structural Mechanics in Nuclear Power Technology (MIT)

24.906J The Linguistic Study of Bilingualism (MIT)

ESD.10 Introduction to Technology and Policy (MIT)

HST.569 Biomedical Optics (MIT)

HST.590 Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series: Developing Professional Skills (MIT)

PE.810 Sailing (MIT)

SP.242 Gender Issues in Academics and Academia (MIT)

STS.038 Energy and Environment in American History: 1705-2005 (MIT)

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