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Abstract Algebra
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Algebra is the language of modern mathematics. This course introduces students to ...

Algebra is the language of modern mathematics. This course introduces students to that language through a study of groups, group actions, vector spaces, linear algebra, and the theory of fields.

Subject:
Algebra
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
Benedict Gross
China: Traditions and Transformations
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Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic ...

Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic development and social revolution; and the world’s largest and oldest bureaucratic state, coping with longstanding problems of economic and political management. Both images bear the indelible imprint of China’s historical experience, of its patterns of philosophy and religion, and of its social and political thought.

In this free Chinese studies online course, these themes are discussed to understand China in the modern world and as a great world civilization that developed along lines different from those of the Mediterranean.

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Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
World History
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lecture
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
Peter K. Bol and William C. Kirby
Exposing Digital Photography
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Photography has exploded in recent years as digital cameras have become affordable ...

Photography has exploded in recent years as digital cameras have become affordable and easier to use. There are many courses that teach students the artistic aspect of "how to become a better photographer" or "how to improve your eye," but this is not one of them. Instead, students—from one-time users to professionals—become better photographers through an understanding of the technical aspects and terms of a digital camera. Learn why photos look blurry at night, why color management is important, what the difference between sports mode and portrait mode on the camera's dial is, and how to manipulate the camera without the need of these modes in the first place. Topics include exposure and metering, flash, dynamic range, CMOS and CCD sensors, color filter arrays, RAW versus JPEG formats, color spaces and profiles, editing photos with Photoshop, and optical and computational artifacts. Through lectures and hands-on assignments, students understand the jargon and compromises of digital photography that ultimately expose the workings of digital cameras. You are not required to own a digital camera, but if you do, one with a manual mode and an option for RAW is recommended.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
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Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
Dan Armendariz
The Hero in Ancient Greek Civilization
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The true “hero” of this ancient Greek literature course is the logos, ...

The true “hero” of this ancient Greek literature course is the logos, or word, of logical reasoning, as activated by Socratic dialogue. The logos of dialogue requires careful thinking, realized in close reading and reflective writing. The last “word” read in the course comes from Plato’s memories of the last days of Socrates. These memories depend on a thorough understanding of concepts of the hero in all their varieties throughout the history of Greek civilization and beyond. This course is driven by a sequence of dialogues that lead to such an understanding, guiding the attentive reader through some of the major works of the ancient Greek classics, from Homer to Plato.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Lecture
Syllabus
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
Gregory Nagy and Kevin McGrath
Intensive Introduction to Computer Science
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This free online computer science course is an introduction to the intellectual ...

This free online computer science course is an introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science. Topics include algorithms (their design, implementation, and analysis); software development (abstraction, encapsulation, data structures, debugging, and testing); architecture of computers (low-level data representation and instruction processing); computer systems (programming languages, compilers, operating systems, and databases); and computers in the real world (networks, websites, security, forensics, and cryptography). The course teaches students how to think more carefully and how to solve problems more effectively. Problem sets involve extensive programming in C as well as PHP and JavaScript.

Subject:
Computer Science
Information Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
David J. Malan
Sets, Counting, and Probability
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This online math course develops the mathematics needed to formulate and analyze ...

This online math course develops the mathematics needed to formulate and analyze probability models for idealized situations drawn from everyday life. Topics include elementary set theory, techniques for systematic counting, axioms for probability, conditional probability, discrete random variables, infinite geometric series, and random walks. Applications to card games like bridge and poker, to gambling, to sports, to election results, and to inference in fields like history and genealogy, national security, and theology. The emphasis is on careful application of basic principles rather than on memorizing and using formulas.

Subject:
Numbers and Operations
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Homework/Assignment
Lecture
Reading
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
Paul G. Bamberg
Understanding Computers and the Internet
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This course is all about understanding: understanding what's going on inside your ...

This course is all about understanding: understanding what's going on inside your computer when you flip on the switch, why tech support has you constantly rebooting your computer, how everything you do on the Internet can be watched by others, and how your computer can become infected with a worm just by turning it on. In this course we demystify computers and the Internet, along with their jargon, so that students understand not only what they can do with each but also how it all works and why. Students leave this course armed with a new vocabulary and equipped for further exploration of computers and the Internet. Topics include hardware, software, the Internet, multimedia, security, website development, programming, and dotcoms. This course is designed both for those with little, if any, computer experience and for those who use a computer every day.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Lecture
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
David Malan
World War II History
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The course World War and Society in the Twentieth Century: World War ...

The course World War and Society in the Twentieth Century: World War II is a thematic exploration of the war and its time through feature films, primary sources, and scholarly interpretations.

It seeks to provide a means for analyzing and evaluating what one reads or sees about World War II in terms of historical accuracy and for gaining a broader understanding of different perspectives. Themes include the impact of war on soldiers and civilians, on the home front, women in war, the Japanese and German viewpoints, and postwar issues. Films include Mrs. Miniver, The Pianist, The Winter War, So Proudly We Hail, Taking Sides, The Hiding Place, and The Cranes Are Flying.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
Charles S. Maier
PhD