It was as bad as I suspected it would be. Turns out I have 5 hasses and no science class.
Help me pick a science class!
Help me seriously drop some HASS’s!
Currently registered: (choose 2)
Undergrad (Fall, Spring) HASS-D, Category 2 Communication Intensive HASS
You must enter the HASS-D lottery to take this subject.
Remove from schedule Recitation: MW3-4.30 (12-134) or TR11-12.30 (12-134) or TR1-2.30 (12-134)
For students with a special interest in learning how to make forceful arguments in written form. Studies the forms and structures of argumentation, including organization of ideas, awareness of audience, methods of persuasion, evidence, factual vs. emotional argument, figures of speech, and historical forms and uses of arguments.
Fall: S. Strang, L. Perelman, M. Poe
Spring: S. Strang, L. Perelman
21W.740 Writing Autobiography and Biography
Undergrad (Fall) HASS Elective
Remove from schedule Lecture: W EVE (7-10 PM) (14N-112)
Writing an autobiography is a vehicle for improving one’s style while studying the nuances of the language. Literary works are read with an emphasis on different forms of autobiography. Students examine various stages of life, significant transitions, personal struggles, and memories translated into narrative prose, and discuss: what it means for autobiographer and biographer to develop a personal voice; and the problems of reality and fiction in autobiography and biography.
21M.460 MIT Senegalese Drum Ensemble
Undergrad (Fall, Spring) Can be repeated for credit
Remove from schedule Lecture: M EVE (7-10 PM) (N52-199)
A performance ensemble focusing on the sabar drumming tradition of Senegal, West Africa. Study and rehearse Senegalese drumming techniques and spoken word. Perform in conjunction with MIT Rambax drumming group. No previous experience necessary, but prior enrollment in 21M.030 or 21M.293 strongly recommended. Enrollment limited to 20 students by audition.
21W.762 Poetry Workshop
Undergrad (Fall) HASS Elective Can be repeated for credit
Remove from schedule Lecture: W EVE (7-10 PM) (56-167)
For students with some previous experience in poetry writing. Frequent assignments stress use of language, diction, word choice, line breaks, imagery, mood, and tone. Considers the functions of memory, imagination, dreams, poetic impulses. Throughout the term, students examine the work of published poets. Revision stressed.
21H.601 Islam, the Middle East, and the West
Undergrad (Fall) HASS-D, Category 5
You must enter the HASS-D lottery to take this subject.
Add to schedule Lecture: MWF11 (2-146) +final
Provides students with an overview of basic themes and issues in Middle Eastern history from the rise of Islam to the present, with an emphasis on exchanges and encounters between the Middle East and Europe/North America. Examines the history of the notion of “East” and “West”; the emergence of Islam and the Christianization of Europe; Ottoman expansion and the flourishing of European powers; European competition with and colonization of Middle Eastern societies, and Middle Eastern responses.
B. Der Matossian
Poetry and autobiography are obviously scheduled for the same block. One of those has got to go. I will probably keep drumming if I make it in auditions. Islam happens at the same time as both my choices for the last remaining requirement for my physics degree (aside from my thesis): 8.07 or 8.351 (my sub for 8.09), so that’s probably not going to happen. Out of those HASS’s, I need 2. I’m still missing 1 HASS-D for graduation, 4 HASS classes total, and 2 writing classes for my concentration. HASS requirements are one of the most painfully complicated things currently at MIT. So what classes should I pick? 1 HASS-D preferably, and the other a writing for my concentration. Not a whole lot of freedom. Let this be a lesson.
Classes I wouldn’t mind adding:
8.351J Classical Mechanics: A Computational Approach
Graduate (Fall) H-Level Grad Credit
(Same subject as 6.946J, 12.620J)
(Subject meets with 12.008)
Prereq: Physics I (GIR), 18.03, 6.01
Remove from schedule Lecture: MWF11 (54-317) Lab: TBA
Classical mechanics in a computational framework, Lagrangian formulation, action, variational principles, and Hamilton’s principle. Conserved quantities, Hamiltonian formulation, surfaces of section, chaos, and Liouville’s theorem. Poincare integral invariants, Poincare-Birkhoff and KAM theorems. Invariant curves and cantori. Nonlinear resonances, resonance overlap and transition to chaos. Symplectic integration. Adiabatic invariants. Applications to simple physical systems and solar system dynamics. Extensive use of computation to capture methods, for simulation, and for symbolic analysis. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments.
J. Wisdom, G. J. Sussman
18.700 Linear Algebra
Undergrad (Fall) Rest Elec in Sci & Tech
Prereq: Calculus II (GIR)
Credit cannot also be received for 18.06
Remove from schedule Lecture: TR11-12.30 (4-163) +final
Vector spaces, systems of linear equations, bases, linear independence, matrices, determinants, eigenvalues, inner products, quadratic forms, and canonical forms of matrices. More emphasis on theory and proofs than in 18.06.
18.353J Nonlinear Dynamics I: Chaos
(Same subject as 2.050J, 12.006J)
Prereq: 18.03 or 18.034; Physics II (GIR)
Remove from schedule Lecture: MW12.30-2 (2-105)
Introduction to nonlinear dynamics and chaos in dissipative systems. Forced and parametric oscillators. Phase space. Periodic, quasiperiodic, and aperiodic flows. Sensitivity to initial conditions and strange attractors. Lorenz attractor. Period doubling, intermittency, and quasiperiodicity. Scaling and universality. Analysis of experimental data: Fourier transforms, Poincare sections, fractal dimension, and Lyapunov exponents. Applications to mechanical systems, fluid dynamics, physics, geophysics, and chemistry. See 12.207J/18.354J for Nonlinear Dynamics II.
8.07 Electromagnetism II
Prereq: 8.03, 18.03
Add to schedule Lecture: MWF11 (6-120) Recitation: R2 (24-115) or R3 (24-115) +final
Survey of basic electromagnetic phenomena: electrostatics, magnetostatics; electromagnetic properties of matter. Time-dependent electromagnetic fields and Maxwell’s equations. Electromagnetic waves, emission, absorption, and scattering of radiation. Relativistic electrodynamics and mechanics.
Why not 18.06? Just cause I feel like I’ve learned most of what I need to know in terms of practical linear algebra after the quantum sequence and 18.700 is more theoretical. But also, I hear it kinda sucks. Some people like it.
8.07 and 8.351 conflict. 8.321 quantum theory definitely won’t fit into my schedule although it looked interesting. I’ve gotten permission to go ahead with 8.351 for my physics degree restricted electives (8.07 8.08 or 8.09, choose 1, it subs for 8.09, which I’ve also heard is quite tedious from almost everyone who’s taken it). At this point- senior year, that is- most students have the option to start breaking into the grad courses and some kids really load up on those. Me, I don’t know, I figure as long as there is still basic physics I’m not completely comfortable with, the grad classes can wait. There’s still grad school. So, only one of those courses is grad level. Choose 2.