IAP 2018

Field Camps 2018

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

Do not pre-register on WebSIS. Contact Dr. Amanda Bosh for application asbosh@MIT.EDU. Submit application by October 27, 2017.

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: Amanda Bosh, asbosh@mit.edu

Credit Subjects on Campus

12.091/ 12.S593   Origin of Life Seminar Series
Units:  3  P/D/F
Schedule:  1/8/2018 - 2/2/2018 TBA

A series of hosted lectures from leaders in the Origin of Life community, focusing on various dimensions of one of the most challenging problems in the biological and planetary sciences.  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 4-5 seminars during IAP, actively engage in Q & A sessions with invited speakers in a panel format, and collaborate on creating an Origins of Life online blog resource highlighting the work of invited speakers. Instructor: G. Fournier

12.115  Field Geology (U credit)
12.482  Field Geology (G Credit)
January 8 – 25
Units: 0-9-0 Partial Lab

Introduction to the methods of modern geological field study off-campus dueing 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 2018 will be the Mohave Desert.  Contact department regarding travel fee and resources for funding opportunities.  Satisfies 9 units of Laboratory credit.
Contact: O. Jagoutz

12.141 Electron Microprobe Analysis
T, R, Jan 16, 18, 23 and 25, 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 to obtain credit. Open Courseware (Course notes available here); IAP for-credit course listing.
Contact: Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee, 54-1216, x3-1995, e-probe-www@mit.edu to enter the lottery.

12.310 An Introduction to Weather Forecasting 
M, W, F on Jan. 22, 24, 26 and M,T, W, R, F on Jan. 29 thru Feb. 2; 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@mit.edu

12.511  Field Geophysics (G credit)
January 22 – February 2
Units:  1-4-1   Graded P/D/F

Covers practical methods of modern geophysics, including the global positioning system (GPS), gravity, and magnetics.  Field work is conducted (location TBA) and includes intensive 10-day field exercises.  Focuses on measurement techniques and their interpretation.  Introduces the science of gravity, magnetics, and the GPS.  Measures crustal structure, fault motions, tectonic deformations, and the local gravity and magnetic fields.  Students perform high-precision measurements and participate in data analysis.  Emphasizes principles of geophysical data collection and the relevance of these data for tectonic faulting, crustal structure, and the dynamics of the earthquake cycle. 
Contact: F.D. Morgan

12.S591   Image Analysis in the Geosciences
Units: 12  Graded P/D/F
Schedule:  January 22-26, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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.  
Contact: M. Pec