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Carrier Systems, Fall 2003
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Carrier systems involve the design, operation, and management of transportation networks, assets, ...

Carrier systems involve the design, operation, and management of transportation networks, assets, personnel, freight, and passengers. A number of different carrier systems are contrasted while models and tools for analyzing, optimizing, planning, managing, and controlling these systems are presented.

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Environmental Science
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Barnhart, Cynthia
Introduction to the American Political Process, Spring 2004
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This class introduces students to innovative as well as classic approaches to ...

This class introduces students to innovative as well as classic approaches to studying U.S. government. The writing assignments will help you explore, through a variety of lenses, statis and change in the American political system over the last three decades. In the end each student will have a solid grounding in our national political institutions and processes, sharper reading and writing skills, and insight into approaching politics critically and analytically.

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Political Science
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Berinsky, Adam J.
Quantitative Research Methods: Multivariate, Spring 2004
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Focus on multivariate data analysis procedures, emphasizing regression. Considers model specification, autocorrelation, ...

Focus on multivariate data analysis procedures, emphasizing regression. Considers model specification, autocorrelation, instrumental variables, and causal modelling. Students must have taken at least one previous subject in statistics. Open to qualified undergraduates. Course home page description: This course is the second semester in the statistics sequence for political science and public policy offered in the Political Science Department at MIT. The intellectual thrust of the course is a presentation of statistical models for estimating causal effects of variables. The model of an effect is a conditional mean (though we might imagine other effect). The notion of causality is the effect of one variable on another holding all else constant.

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Ansolabehere, Stephen
Thesis Research Design Seminar, Fall 2004
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Students writing a thesis in Political Science develop their research topics, review ...

Students writing a thesis in Political Science develop their research topics, review relevant research and scholarship, frame their research questions and arguments, choose an appropriate methodology for analysis, and draft the introductory and methodology sections of their theses. Includes substantial instruction and practice in writing with revision and oral presentations.

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Political Science
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Petersen, Roger
Special Graduate Topic in Political Science: Public Opinion, Spring 2004
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This course provides an introduction to the vast literature devoted to public ...

This course provides an introduction to the vast literature devoted to public opinion. In the next 12 weeks, we will survey the major theoretical approaches and empirical research in the field of political behavior (though we will only tangentially discuss political participation and voting). For the most part we will focus on American public opinion, though some of the work we will read is comparative in nature.

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Political Science
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Berinsky, Adam J.
Philosophy of Film, Fall 2004
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Meets with CMS.850, but assignments differ. Philosophical analysis of film art, with ...

Meets with CMS.850, but assignments differ. Philosophical analysis of film art, with an emphasis on the ways in which it creates meaning through techniques that define a formal structure. Particular focus on aesthetic problems about appearance and reality, literary and visual effects, communication and alienation through film technology.

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Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
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Singer, Irving
Ancient Philosophy, Fall 2004
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This course will acquaint the student with some of the ancient Greek ...

This course will acquaint the student with some of the ancient Greek contributions to the Western philosophical and scientific tradition. We will examine a broad range of central philosophical themes concerning: nature, law, justice, knowledge, virtue, happiness, and death. There will be a strong emphasis on analyses of arguments found in the texts.

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Arts and Humanities
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General Law
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Haslanger, Sally
Philosophy of Love in the Western World, Fall 2004
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Studies the nature of love and sex, approached as topics both in ...

Studies the nature of love and sex, approached as topics both in philosophy and in literature. Readings from recent philosophy as well as classic myths of love and sex that occur in works of literature and lend themselves to philosophical analysis.

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Arts and Humanities
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Singer, Irving
Food and Power in the Twentieth Century, Spring 2005
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In this class, food serves as both the subject and the object ...

In this class, food serves as both the subject and the object of historical analysis. As a subject, food has been transformed over the last 100 years, largely as a result of ever more elaborate scientific and technological innovations. From a need to preserve surplus foods for leaner times grew an elaborate array of techniques -- drying, freezing, canning, salting, etc -- that changed not only what people ate, but how far they could/had to travel, the space in which they lived, their relations with neighbors and relatives, and most of all, their place in the economic order of things. The role of capitalism in supporting and extending food preservation and development was fundamental. As an object, food offers us a way into cultural, political, economic, and techno-scientific history. Long ignored by historians of science and technology, food offers a rich source for exploring, e.g., the creation and maintenance of mass-production techniques, industrial farming initiatives, the politics of consumption, vertical integration of business firms, globalization, changing race and gender identities, labor movements, and so forth. How is food different in these contexts, from other sorts of industrial goods? What does the trip from farm to table tell us about American culture and history?

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Economics
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Fitzgerald, Deborah
Harmony and Counterpoint I, Spring 2005
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Basic writing skills in music of the common-practice period (Bach to Brahms). ...

Basic writing skills in music of the common-practice period (Bach to Brahms). Work includes regular written assignments leading to the composition of short pieces, analyzing representative works from the literature, keyboard laboratory, and sight-singing choir. It is recommended that entering students have some concert music listening or playing background. Enrollment may be limited.

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Arts and Humanities
Film and Music Production
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Robison, Brian
Modeling Dynamics and Control I, Spring 2005
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First of two-term sequence on modeling, analysis and control of dynamic systems. ...

First of two-term sequence on modeling, analysis and control of dynamic systems. Mechanical translation, uniaxial rotation, electrical circuits and their coupling via levers, gears and electro-mechanical devices. Analytical and computational solution of linear differential equations and state-determined systems. Laplace transforms, transfer functions. Frequency response, Bode plots. Vibrations, modal analysis. Open- and closed-loop control, instability. Time-domain controller design, introduction to frequency-domain control design techniques. Case studies of engineering applications.

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Functions
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Dubowsky, Steven
Trumper, David L.
Reading Seminar in Social Science: Intelligence and National Security, Fall 2005
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This course will examine the origins, structure and functions of the U.S. ...

This course will examine the origins, structure and functions of the U.S. Intelligence Community and its relationship to national security policy. It will look in some detail at the key intelligence agencies and the functions they perform, including collection, analysis, counterintelligence and covert action. It will also look at some of the key intelligence missions, such as strategic warning, counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and counterinsurgency. Finally, it will examine some of the major controversies concerning intelligence, including its successes and failures, relationship to policymakers, congressional oversight, and the need for reform.

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Political Science
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Vickers, Robert
Argumentation and Communication, Fall 2006
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A writing practicum associated with 11.200 and 11.205 that focuses on helping ...

A writing practicum associated with 11.200 and 11.205 that focuses on helping students present their ideas in cogent, persuasive arguments and other analytical frameworks. Reading and writing assignments and other exercises stress the connections between clear thinking, critical reading, and effective writing.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
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Abbanat, Cherie
Modeling Issues in Speech and Hearing, Spring 2006
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Explores the theory and practice of scientific modeling in the context of ...

Explores the theory and practice of scientific modeling in the context of auditory and speech biophysics. Based principally on seminar-style discussions of the research literature, subject draws on examples from hearing and speech (e.g., cochlear and vocal-fold mechanics) to explore general, meta-theoretical issues that transcend the particular subject matter. Examples include: What is a model? What is the process of model building? What are the different approaches to modeling? What is the relationship between theory and experiment? How are models tested? What constitutes a good model?

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Literature
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Shera, Christopher
Rhetoric: Rhetoric of Science, Spring 2006
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This course is an introduction to the history, theory, practice, and implications ...

This course is an introduction to the history, theory, practice, and implications of rhetoric, the art and craft of persuasion. This course specifically focuses on the ways that scientists use various methods of persuasion in the construction of scientific knowledge.

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Engineering
Arts and Humanities
Composition and Rhetoric
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Poe, Mya
Planning Communication, Spring 2007
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This three-week module, centered on a focal case, represents the second part ...

This three-week module, centered on a focal case, represents the second part of the Department‰ŰŞs introduction to the challenges of reflection and action in professional planning practice. As such, it builds on the concepts and tools in 11.201 and 11.202 in the Fall semester. Working in teams, students will deliver a 20-minute oral briefing, with an additional 10 minutes for questions and comments, in the last week of the class (as detailed on the assignment and posted course schedule). The teams will brief invited guests (‰ŰĎbriefees‰Ű) taking the roles of decisionmakers. DUSP faculty and fellow students may also be in attendance.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
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Briggs
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Nonlinear Econometric Analysis, Fall 2007
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This course presents micro-econometric models, including large sample theory for estimation and ...

This course presents micro-econometric models, including large sample theory for estimation and hypothesis testing, generalized method of moments (GMM), estimation of censored and truncated specifications, quantile regression, structural estimation, nonparametric and semiparametric estimation, treatment effects, panel data, bootstrapping, simulation methods, and Bayesian methods. The methods are illustrated with economic applications

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Economics
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Chernozhukov, Victo
Newey, Whitney
Power Electronics, Spring 2007
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The application of electronics to energy conversion and control; phase-controlled rectifier/inverter circuits, ...

The application of electronics to energy conversion and control; phase-controlled rectifier/inverter circuits, dc/dc converters, high-frequency inverters, and motion control systems. Characteristics of power semiconductor devices: diodes, bipolar and field effect transistors, IGBTS, and thyristors. Modeling, analysis, and control techniques. Magnetic circuits. Numerous application examples.

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Electronic Technology
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M.I.T.
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Perreault, David
Gateway: Planning Action, Fall 2007
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This course introduces incoming students in the Master in City Planning (MCP) ...

This course introduces incoming students in the Master in City Planning (MCP) program to the theory and history of planning in the public interest. It relies primarily on challenging real-world cases to highlight persistent dilemmas, the power and limits of planning, the multiple roles in which planners find themselves in communities around the globe, and the political, ethical, and practical dilemmas that planners face as they try to be effective. As such, the course provides an introduction to the major ideas and debates that define what the field labels ‰ŰĎplanning theory,‰Ű as well as a (necessarily) condensed global history of modern planning. Courses in planning history, politics, and ethics--often several of them--are required in all accredited graduate programs in planning in the U.S. Gateway: Planning Action combines those contents, with a stronger focus on real-world cases than more conventional lecture-based planning theory and history courses at other schools. It also adds several opportunities to strengthen hands-on professional competencies, especially in communication.

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U.S. History
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de Souza Briggs, Xavier
Technology Strategy, Fall 2008
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Outlines tools for formulating and evaluating technology strategy, including an introduction to ...

Outlines tools for formulating and evaluating technology strategy, including an introduction to the economics of technical change, models of technological evolution, and models of organizational dynamics and innovation. Topics covered include: making money from innovation; competition between technologies and the selection of standards; optimal licensing policies; joint ventures; organization of R&D; and theories of diffusion and adoption. Taught using a combination of readings and case studies.

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Economics
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Author:
Davis, Jason