IAP 2020

Field Camps 2020

12.115 Geology Field Camp (U credit)
12.482 Geology Field Camp (G credit)
Prereq:  12.113
Dates:  January 6 - 24, 2020

Introduction to the methods of modern geological field study off-campus doing an intensive two-week experience.  Exercises include geological and geomorphological mapping on topographic and photographic base maps of a wide variety of bedrock and surficial rocks.  Where feasible, geochemical and geophysical field measurements are correlated with geology.  Location for 2020 will be the Mohave Desert.  Contact department regarding travel fee and resources for funding opportunities.  Satisfies 9 units of Laboratory credit.
Contact: O. Jagoutz


12.411 Astronomy Field Camp (U credit)
12.611 Astronomy Field Camp (G credit)
Prereq: 12.410J/8.287
Limited to 6 participants
9 units, graded P/D/F
Fee: $200.00 for travel
Note:  Field Camp will not be offered in 2021

Do not pre-register on WebSIS. Contact Dr. Amanda Bosh for application asbosh@MIT.EDU. Submit application by October 25, 2019.

Astronomy field camp at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona January 5 - 25, 2020. 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, and Juniors. Final enrollment decisions are made by the Instructor.
Contact: Amanda Bosh, asbosh@mit.edu

Credit Subjects on Campus

12.090/ 12.s597 Origin of Life Seminar
Details TBA

An integrated lecture, discussion, and workshop course focused on questions related to the originsof life on Earth, designed to train scientists in communicating complex science to the general public. Lecture and writing topics will include the origin of cells, metabolism, replication and proteins, as well as the geochemical conditions on the early Earth that led to prebiotic and early biotic systems. Enrolled students will attend origins of life lectures and workshop discussions the first week of IAP.  In subsequent weeks, students will meet twice-weekly for writing workshops with a professional science writer to produce publishable articles on origins of life themes. Students will have the chance to publish their work on the MIT EAPS News website.
Instructors:  Fournier, Husain

12.141 Electron Microprobe Analysis
Schedule:  Tues, Thurs, Jan. 14, 16, 21 and 22, 2020, 1-5 PM, 54-1221.
Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Limited to 8 participants.
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F

Introduction to the theory of X-ray microanalysis through wavelength and energy dispersive spectrometry (WDS and EDS), ZAF matrix corrections, and scanning electron imaging with back-scattered electron (BSE), secondary electron (SE), elemental X-rays with WDS and EDS, and cathodoluminescence (CL); lab sessions will involve hands-on use of the JEOL JXA-8200 Superprobe. This four-session course is offered for undergraduate credit. However, persons interested in an in-depth discussion of quantitative X-ray analysis are invited to participate. Students will be required to complete lab exercises and take a quiz to obtain credit. For course notes and to enter lottery, click here.
Contact: Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee, 54-1216, x3-1995, nchat@mit.edu.

12.310 An Introduction to Weather Forecasting
January 21-31 1:30 - 3:00pm, 54-915
Prereq:  Physics I, Calculus I
Units:  1-1-4    Grading: 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.
Instructor:  Illari

12.S591   Image Analysis in the Geosciences
Units: 12  Graded P/D/F
Schedule:  TBA

The aim of the workshop is to familiarize participants with a number of image processing and analysis methods which will allow them to derive quantitative measurements from images. We will focus on the analysis of rock microstructures from sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. We will cover the topics of image segmentation, area and volume estimation, size and shape analysis and much more. The workshop consist of morning lectures and afternoon hands-on practice. The participants are encouraged to bring their own images of samples they would like to analyze. Participants taking the course for credit will be required to finish a short project.  Students should be prepared to bring their own mac laptop to the class.  
Contact: M. Pec


12.s593 Design and Build and Unmanned Aircraft for Environmental Observation
Details TBA
Contact:  Ravela