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Do you have class? by Anthony R. '09

A view of my classes for the fall semester, with some photos from their first meetings.

I do.

Well, the academic sort, anyway. ;-)

Here’s what I’m taking (with some photos, too.)

1.A24: You CAN Get There From Here!
This is a freshman advising seminar with Professor Nigel Wilson and Senior Research Associate Carl Martland, from MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 1.A24 meets every Monday at 3:30, and promises to personally introduce its attendees to the world of transportation, as seen through the eyes of a potential civil engineering student. Though the seminar ends in December, Professor Wilson will remain the students’ first-year advisor. The idea behind freshman advising seminars is one of the student and advisor getting to know each other through some applied meeting of the minds, in a more thorough fashion than otherwise possible in a traditional advising relationship. Anthony’s take: this looks like a *very* promising way to get well acquainted with transportation research and study at MIT, and with the department as a whole.

3.091: Introduction to Solid State Chemistry
Taught by the esteemed Professor Donald Sadoway from MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, this course promises to provide a more applied approach to introductory chemistry for those who aren’t planning to go into a field of study requiring the more theoretical 5.111/5.112. Professor Sadoway comes highly regarded for his engaging lecture style. This course isn’t graded on a curve, and 50/100 is a passing grade. If you’re a freshman (and thus on pass/no record grades), and are taking the class in the fall semester, your transcript will look the same whether you get a 50 in the class or a 100 in the class. I’m not terribly crazy about chemistry, so this suits me just fine.

Scenes from 3.091:


8.01: Physics I (Classical Mechanics)
Taught by one of many instructors using the new Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) format, this is the standard introductory physics course offered to freshmen at MIT. Held in one of two classrooms (the newest being in the basement of the famous Stata Center), the TEAL format offers a more hands-on approach that promotes group learning and collaboration. Students sit at tables of nine, each with three computers to form three learning groups per table. Using electronically-projected whiteboards and wireless answer devices (a virtual equivalent to “raising your hand”), students can follow along with the instructor’s lesson while utilizing their computers to explore the subject matter. This hands-on approach combines both lecture and recitation into single two-hour class periods. An online homework system called Mastering Physics is used extensively and allows for assignments to be due at various weekend times. :-)

In these images, the students of Table 7 participate in a force experiment utilizing springs and elastic bands.

18.01: Calculus (single-variable)
This is the standard introductory math course for freshmen at MIT, combining traditional subject matter of AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC into one semester. Lectures and recitations are one hour each and appear on alternating days, providing for a daily calculus experience. Many students instead enroll in an accelerated 18.01A/18.02A (Single and Multivariable Calculus) or 18.02 (Multivariable Calculus) class, as their pre-MIT math exposure was adequate enough to comprise some or all of 18.01’s material.


21W.784: Becoming Digital [Writing about Media Change]
This writing class, designated Communication Intensive (CI), conveniently satisfies part of the freshman humanities requirement at MIT. If you pass the Freshman Essay Evaluation over the summer, or otherwise can waive it with Advanced Placement credit, a wide range of humanities classes is at your disposal through a summer lottery system. Becoming Digital, taught by Aden Evens, assistant professor of Writing and Humanistic Studies, considers the cultural, societal, and physical implications of the evolution and development of various forms of media. Formats include photography, film, television, music, and even the telephone. The class is new to MIT this year and has less than eighteen students. This course looks fascinating — it should sit comfortably next to my advising seminar on my list of favorites for the year.

East Campus sponsored a tasty ice cream dessert in the courtyard the other night, and looking around at the remnants of REX activities really helped drive home the notion that the school year is in full swing :- … but hey, I didn’t come to MIT to play around, anyway.

Jon from Second East likes his ice cream.

Back to you this weekend with a fun journey into late-night nourishment :-)

8 responses to “Do you have class?”

  1. Ben says:

    I can’t believe you snapped pics in Sadoway’s lecture – ballsy! grin

  2. Jessie says:

    Ugh ugh Mastering Physics evil evil ick!

    Hmm, I probably shouldn’t be saying that in your first few days of class. And maybe, it having been two years since I took 8.01, it’s even less buggy and crappy by now.

    I remember spending hours with my roommate in Foley’s GRT apartment at Senior Haus while he made us food we did MP problems and we all tried to figure out why an answer that he (a MechE PhD student) and I arrived at independently wasn’t being accepted.

  3. Kelly says:

    You all know 18.014 kicks all sorts of math booty. Calculus with Theory pwns!


  4. MJ Kamalov says:

    hey, i was sitting behind u at calculus lecture. yeah, ur face looked familiar but i couldn’t remember who u were :/ . i’ll know now smile

  5. Sweet dude, I knew I heard a shutter behind me in 3.091 (see the kid in the grey shirt in the last pic, the one with the spiked hair and the jew-bling? that’s me).

    Dude…it’s Jon, he’ll kill you. :p

    I might come visit you tomorrow on Tetazoo for a while.

    Mastering Physics angers me. They actually have a question which goes along the lines of “This is to weed out those people who randomly answer these questions. Please type 4”


  6. Laura says:

    3.091? 18.01? Hey me too!

    Now I know where to go if I need help. =)

    And Sadoway is awesome. I love that lecture.

  7. Andres says:

    Academic Boot Camp???

  8. andres says:

    Academi Boot Camp???