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12.091  MATLAB Bootcamp 
Dan Amhrein, Jaap Nienhuis, Neesha Schnepf

MTWRF Jan 26-30; 02:00-03:30pm, 54-819

Email Vicki McKenna <vsm [at] mit [dot] edu> to register and attend first class. 
Listeners allowed, space permitting 
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F
Graduate students are welcome to attend. 

New to MatLab or have limited experience? This class helps you make the transition from Excel to MATLAB and gets you started with the basics that you'll need to use MATLAB in a class. Course includes: getting MATLAB started on your computer, learning how to start programming, building skills, solving problems. It provides resources for future reference. 

Students develop skills in:

  • plotting and graphics
  • calling matlab functions  
  • I/O dealing with input of data
  • understanding  loops and control of flow
  • writing scripts 
Examples used in the class are motivated by typical applications in the Earth Sciences. Days 4 and 5 will involve working in groups on selected problems. Instructors interact with the groups and answer questions on an individual basis. Students present their code at the end of the class.

Before the first class, please visit this site to download and install MATLAB onto your personal computer/laptop: http://kb.mit.edu/confluence/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=7144438

If you have any trouble installing MATLAB, please email Neesha <nschnepf [at] MIT [dot] EDU>. If you are a Linux user, email Dan <dan [dot] amrhein [at] gmail [dot] com>.

Contact: Vicki McKenna vsm [at] mit [dot] edu

12.093  Delivering Energy at Scale: Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development 
Richard Sears, David Patrick Murphy, and Rob van der Hilst

TWRF Jan 20-23; 01:00-05:00pm, 54-517

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class. 
Listeners allowed, space permitting 
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F

Oil and natural gas provide approximately two-thirds of primary energy today, and will continue to be major sources of energy for several decades. The course will introduce today's energy systems and the state of the art geoscience and engineering approaches necessary to meet current demand. Participants will work in teams, to design and present plans for the development of a multi-billion dollar natural gas project with the potential to supply energy for over three million households. The course will look at how technology, economics, society and sustainability must be balanced to deliver energy efficiently and in a manner that all stakeholders would regard as responsible. 

Contact: Richard Sears, rsears [at] mit [dot] edu

12.141 Electron Microprobe Analysis
Nilanjan Chatterjee 

TR, Jan. 13 and 15; 20 and 22, 54-1221; 1-5 pm

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 9-Jan-2013
Limited to 8 participants.
No listeners
Prereq: —
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F

Introduction to the theory of x-ray microanalysis through the electron microprobe including ZAF matrix corrections. Techniques to be discussed are wavelength and energy dispersive spectrometry, scanning backscattered electron, secondary electron, cathodoluminescence, and x-ray imaging. Lab sessions involve use of the electron microprobe. Offered for undergraduate credit, but persons interested in an in-depth discussion of quantitative x-ray analysis are invited to participate. Students will be required to complete lab exercises to obtain credit. Find required reading at URL.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/e-probe/www/courses.shtml 

Contact: Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee, 54-1216, x3-1995, e-probe-www [at] mit [dot] edu to enter the lottery.

12.310  An Introduction to Weather Forecasting
Lodovica Illari

Dates MWF, Jan. 12-Jan. 30; 01:30-03:00 pm, 54-915

Limited to 50 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq: 8.01, 18.01
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F

Basic principles of synoptic meteorology and weather forecasting. Analysis of hourly weather data and numerical weather prediction models. Regular preparation of weather forecasts.
Guest lecture by local TV meteorologist.
Web: http://www-paoc.mit.edu/synoptic/courses/12.310/12310.htm

Contact: Lodovica Illari, 54-1612, x3-2286, illari [at] mit [dot] edu

12.411 Astronomy Field Camp
12.611 Astronomy Field Camp 
Amanda Bosh

Schedule: Jan 5-25, 2014

Prereq:  12.410j/8.287
Limited to 6 participants
Level:  9 units, graded P/D/F
Fee:  $200.00 for travel
Do not pre-register on WebSIS. Contact Dr. Amanda Bosh for application asbosh [at] MIT [dot] EDU.
Enter lottery by: Oct. 30, 2013

Astronomy field camp at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Students will participate in astronomical research with astronomers at Lowell Obs. Topics will vary by year. This class includes tours of local astronomical facilities and discussions with local astronomers. Students will present results of their research at the Lowell Obs. colloquium series at the end of the class. Priority will be given to declared Course 12 and Course 8 Majors, Astronomy Minors, Seniors, Juniors, and by date of class registration. Final enrollment decisions are made by the Instructor.

Contact: Amanada Bosh, asbosh [at] mit [dot] edu

Non-Credit Activities

Electron Microprobe Analysis on JEOL JXA-8200 Superprobe
Nilanjan Chatterjee

Friday, Jan. 16, 1-3pm, 54-1221

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

This session is to introduce new users to the JEOL JXA-8200 Superprobe. You will have hands-on experience (if time permits) on our electron microprobe equipped with enhanced imaging capabilities and learn about wavelength and energy dispersive spectrometry, back-scattered electron, secondary electron, cathodoluminescence, and elemental X-ray imaging. 
Contact: Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee, 54-1216, x3-1995, nchat [at] mit [dot] edu

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