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Building on their understanding of graphs, students are introduced to random processes ...

Building on their understanding of graphs, students are introduced to random processes on networks. They walk through an illustrative example to see how a random process can be used to represent the spread of an infectious disease, such as the flu, on a social network of students. This demonstrates how scientists and engineers use mathematics to model and simulate random processes on complex networks. Topics covered include random processes and modeling disease spread, specifically the SIR (susceptible, infectious, resistant) model.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
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Lesson Plan
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Complex Systems Science Laboratory,
Debbie Jenkinson and Susan Frennesson, The Pine School, Stuart, FL
Garrett Jenkinson and John Goutsias, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
TeachEngineering.org
Curb the Epidemic!
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Using a website simulation tool, students build on their understanding of random ...

Using a website simulation tool, students build on their understanding of random processes on networks to interact with the graph of a social network of individuals and simulate the spread of a disease. They decide which two individuals on the network are the best to vaccinate in an attempt to minimize the number of people infected and "curb the epidemic." Since the results are random, they run multiple simulations and compute the average number of infected individuals before analyzing the results and assessing the effectiveness of their vaccination strategies.

Subject:
Engineering
Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Complex Systems Science Laboratory,
Debbie Jenkinson and Susan Frennesson, The Pine School, Stuart, FL
Garrett Jenkinson and John Goutsias, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
It's a Connected World: The Beauty of Network Science
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Students learn about complex networks and how to use graphs to represent ...

Students learn about complex networks and how to use graphs to represent them. They also learn that graph theory is a useful part of mathematics for studying complex networks in diverse applications of science and engineering, including neural networks in the brain, biochemical reaction networks in cells, communication networks, such as the internet, and social networks. Students are also introduced to random processes on networks. An illustrative example shows how a random process can be used to represent the spread of an infectious disease, such as the flu, on a social network of students, and demonstrates how scientists and engineers use mathematics and computers to model and simulate random processes on complex networks for the purposes of learning more about our world and creating solutions to improve our health, happiness and safety.

Subject:
Engineering
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Unit of Study
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Complex Systems Science Laboratory,
Debbie Jenkinson and Susan Frennesson, The Pine School, Stuart, FL
Garrett Jenkinson and John Goutsias, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
TeachEngineering.org
Complex Networks and Graphs
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Students learn about complex networks and how to represent them using graphs. ...

Students learn about complex networks and how to represent them using graphs. They also learn that graph theory is a useful mathematical tool for studying complex networks in diverse applications of science and engineering, such as neural networks in the brain, biochemical reaction networks in cells, communication networks, such as the internet, and social networks. Topics covered include set theory, defining a graph, as well as defining the degree of a node and the degree distribution of a graph.

Subject:
Engineering
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Lesson Plan
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Complex Systems Science Laboratory,
Debbie Jenkinson and Susan Frennesson, The Pine School, Stuart, FL
Garrett Jenkinson and John Goutsias, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
TeachEngineering.org
Networks, Fall 2009
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" Networks are ubiquitous in our modern society. The World Wide Web ...

" Networks are ubiquitous in our modern society. The World Wide Web that links us to and enables information flows with the rest of the world is the most visible example. It is, however, only one of many networks within which we are situated. Our social life is organized around networks of friends and colleagues. These networks determine our information, influence our opinions, and shape our political attitudes. They also link us, often through important but weak ties, to everybody else in the United States and in the world. Economic and financial markets also look much more like networks than anonymous marketplaces. Firms interact with the same suppliers and customers and use Web-like supply chains. Financial linkages, both among banks and between consumers, companies and banks, also form a network over which funds flow and risks are shared. Systemic risk in financial markets often results from the counterparty risks created within this financial network. Food chains, interacting biological systems and the spread and containment of epidemics are some of the other natural and social phenomena that exhibit a marked networked structure. This course will introduce the tools for the study of networks. It will show how certain common principles permeate the functioning of these diverse networks and how the same issues related to robustness, fragility, and interlinkages arise in several different types of networks."

Subject:
Economics
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Full Course
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Lecture Notes
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Acemoglu, Daron
Ozdaglar, Asu
Special Topics: Designing Sociable Media, Spring 2008
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" This project-based course explores new design strategies for social interaction in ...

" This project-based course explores new design strategies for social interaction in the computer mediated world. Through weekly readings and design Assignments and Labs we will examine topics such as: Data-based portraiture Depicting growth, change and the passage of time Visualizing conversations, crowds, and networks Interfaces for the connected city Mobile social technologies The course emphasizes developing visual and interactive literacy. "

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
Marketing
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Donath, Judith
Information Technology in the Health Care System of the Future, Spring 2009
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"This innovative, trans-faculty subject teaches how information technologies (IT) are reshaping and ...

"This innovative, trans-faculty subject teaches how information technologies (IT) are reshaping and redefining the health care marketplace through improved economies of scale, greater technical efficiencies in the delivery of care to patients, advanced tools for patient education and self-care, network integrated decision support tools for clinicians, and the emergence of e-commerce in health care. Student tutorials provide an opportunity for interactive discussion. Interdisciplinary project teams comprised of Harvard and MIT graduate students in medicine, business, law, education, engineering, computer science, public health, and government collaborate to design innovative IT applications. Projects are presented during the final class. ĺĘ Starting in Spring 2010, this course will be titled Enabling Technology Innovation in Healthcare and the Life Sciences."

Subject:
Computer Science
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Bagur, Mirena
Bergeron, Bryan
Locke, Steven
Sands, Daniel
Forms of Political Participation: Old and New, Spring 2005
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How and why do we participate in public life? How do we ...

How and why do we participate in public life? How do we get drawn into community and political affairs? In this course we examine the associations and networks that connect us to one another and structure our social and political interactions. Readings are drawn from a growing body of research suggesting that the social networks, community norms, and associational activities represented by the concepts of civil society and social capital can have important effects on the functioning of democracy, stability and change in political regimes, the capacity of states to carry out their objectives, and international politics.

Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Syllabus
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Lily
Tsai
Graphing Your Social Network
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Students analyze their social networks using graph theory. They gather data on ...

Students analyze their social networks using graph theory. They gather data on their own social relationships, either from Facebook interactions or the interactions they have throughout the course of a day, recording it in Microsoft Excel and using Cytoscape (a free, downloadable application) to generate social network graphs that visually illustrate the key persons (nodes) and connections between them (edges). The nodes in the Cytoscape graphs are color-coded and sized according to the importance of the node (in this activity, nodes are people in students' social networks). After the analysis, the graphs are further examined to see what can be learned from the visual representation. Students gain practice with graph theory vocabulary, including node, edge, betweeness centrality and degree on interaction, and learn about a range of engineering applications of graph theory.

Subject:
Engineering
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
IMPART RET Program, College of Information Science & Technology,
Ramsey Young, Brian Sandall
TeachEngineering.org
Using Graph Theory to Analyze Drama
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Students analyze dramatic works using graph theory. They gather data, record it ...

Students analyze dramatic works using graph theory. They gather data, record it in Microsoft Excel and use Cytoscape (a free, downloadable application) to generate graphs that visually illustrate the key characters (nodes) and connections between them (edges). The nodes in the Cytoscape graphs are color-coded and sized according to the importance of the node (in this activity nodes represent characters in the work and their relative importance to the story). After the analysis, the graphs are further examined to see what the visual depiction of the story in the form of a graph tells readers about the inner workings of the dramatic work. Students gain practice with graph theory vocabulary, including node, edge, betweeness centrality and degree on interaction, and learn about a range of engineering applications of graph theory.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
IMPART RET Program, College of Information Science & Technology,
Ramsey Young, Brian Sandall
Arab Countries Web Directory
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This website attempts to bring information about various Arab countries into a ...

This website attempts to bring information about various Arab countries into a single portal. Users can search by country or look for specific information relating to the Arab world. Links are provided to websites of airports and national airlines, Arab social networks, classifieds, hotels, embassies, and more. Links to news and articles relating to the Arab world are included.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
Arabic2000
Urban Sociology in Theory and Practice, Spring 2009
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" This course is intended to introduce graduate students to a set ...

" This course is intended to introduce graduate students to a set of core writings in the field of urban sociology. Topics include the changing nature of community, social inequality, political power, socio-spatial change, technological change, and the relationship between the built environment and human behavior. We examine the key theoretical paradigms that have constituted the field since its founding, assess how and why they have changed over time, and discuss the implications of these paradigmatic shifts for urban scholarship, social policy and the planning practice."

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Davis, Diane
Graphing the Spread of Disease
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Students simulate disease transmission by collecting data based on their proximity to ...

Students simulate disease transmission by collecting data based on their proximity to other students. One option for measuring proximity is by having Bluetooth devices "discover" each other. After data is collected, students apply graph theory to analyze it, and summarize their data and findings in lab report format. Students learn real-world engineering applications of graph theory and see how numerous instances of real-world relationships can be more thoroughly understood by applying graph theory. Also, by applying graph theory the students are able to come up with possible solutions to limit the spread of disease. The activity is intended to be part of a computer science curriculum and knowledge of the Java programming language is required. To complete the activity, a computer with Java installed and appropriate editing software is needed.

Subject:
Computer Science
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
IMPART RET Program, College of Information Science & Technology,
Steve Hamersky, Brian Sandall
Graph Theory in Drama
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Students use graph theory to create social graphs for their own social ...

Students use graph theory to create social graphs for their own social networks and apply what learn to create a graph representing the social dynamics found in a dramatic text. Students then derive meaning based on what they know about the text from the graphs they created. Students learn graph theory vocabulary, as well as engineering applications of graph theory.

Subject:
Engineering
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
IMPART RET Program, College of Information Science & Technology,
Ramsey Young, Brian Sandall
TeachEngineering.org
Google Plus Arabic Group
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The page holds lessons, tips and resources for intermediate and advanced students. ...

The page holds lessons, tips and resources for intermediate and advanced students. The page includes multiple pictures and links for both educators and learners, including videos on how to pronounce Arabic, the alphabet, vocabulary, articles, and more. The videos featured on the page include lectures on various grammatical aspects of the Arabic language such as superlatives and comparatives, diptotes, conditionals, and more. A free Google Plus account is needed in order to access the posts, photos and videos.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Google
Workshop in IT: Collaborative Innovation Networks, Fall 2011
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Diversity begets creativity - in this seminar we tap the amazing power ...

Diversity begets creativity - in this seminar we tap the amazing power of swarm creativity on the Web by studying and working together as Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs). As interdisciplinary teams of MIT management, SCAD design, University of Cologne informatics, and Aalto University software engineering students we will explore how to discover latest trends on the Web, and how to make them succeed in online social networks. We study a wide range of methods for predictive analytics (coolhunting) and online social marketing (coolfarming), mostly based on social network analysis and the emerging science of collaboration. Students will also learn to use our own unique MIT-developed Condor tool for Web mining, social network analysis, and trend prediction.

Subject:
Information Science
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Peter Gloor
Researching to Deepen Understanding Grades 9-10: Music and Technology
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This unit approaches research as an iterative inquiry process for deepening understanding ...

This unit approaches research as an iterative inquiry process for deepening understanding of a topic in order to develop an evidence-based perspective. The unit framework, handouts, and tools are designed to work with any topic across all disciplines. Two topic resource repositories are also provided Đone about music and the other about technologyĐ to help teachers model the process with a rich selection of sources, as well as model tools and inquiry questions.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Provider:
Odell Education
The Economics of Information: Strategy, Structure and Pricing, Fall 2010
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The Economics of Information provides an analysis of the underlying economics of ...

The Economics of Information provides an analysis of the underlying economics of information with management implications. It studies the effects of digitization and technology on industry, organizational structure, and business strategy, and examines pricing, bundling, and versioning of digital goods, including music, video, software, and communication services. In addition, the course considers the managerial implications of social networks, search, targeted advertising, personalization, privacy, network externalities, open source, and alliances.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Management
Economics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Brynjolfsson, Erik
Making the Connection
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Graph theory is a visual way to represent relationships between objects. One ...

Graph theory is a visual way to represent relationships between objects. One of the simplest uses of graph theory is a family tree that shows how different people are related. Another application is social networks like Facebook, where a network of "friends" and their "friends" can be represented using graphs. Students learn and apply concepts and methods of graph theory to analyze data for different relationships such as friendships and physical proximity. They are asked about relationships between people and how those relationships can be illustrated. As part of the lesson, students are challenged to find the social graph of their friends. This prepares students for the associated activity during which they simulate and analyze the spread of disease using graph theory by assuming close proximity to an infected individual causes the disease to spread.

Subject:
Engineering
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
IMPART RET Program, College of Information Science & Technology,
Steve Hamersky, Brian Sandall
TeachEngineering.org