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Jul 3rd 2017

Explore the evolution of the universe, the future of astronomy & the role technology plays in new discoveries. What was the Big Bang? How do black holes work? Could there be life elsewhere in the Universe? In this subject we’ll address those topics, as well as gaining some insight into how great scientific discoveries were made, and what's involved in scientific research.

Average: 7.8 (11 votes)
Jun 27th 2017

How is a satellite built? How do they fly? How do they communicate and how does the network operate? You will get all the answers in this course from teachers and researchers from three schools associated with Institut Mines-Télécom.

Average: 7 (4 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

Modern engineering research focuses on designing new materials and processes at the molecular level. Statistical thermodynamics provides the formalism for understanding how molecular interactions lead to the observed collective behavior at the macroscale. This course will develop a molecular-level understanding of key thermodynamic quantities like heat, work, free energy and entropy. These concepts will be applied in understanding several important engineering and biological applications.

Average: 3.6 (5 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

This class provides a series of Python programming exercises intended to explore the use of numerical modeling in the Earth system and climate sciences. The scientific background for these models is presented in a companion class, Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change. This class assumes that you are new to Python programming (and this is indeed a great way to learn Python!), but that you will be able to pick up an elementary knowledge of Python syntax from another class or from on-line tutorials.

Average: 6.3 (6 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

This course will cover the agricultural and urban water quality issues in Florida, their bases, land and nutrient management strategies, and the science and policy behind the best management practices (BMPs). Students will learn to evaluate BMP research and analyze its role in determining practices and policies that protect water quality.

Average: 7.5 (2 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

Have you ever wondered why ceramics are hard and brittle while metals tend to be ductile? Why some materials conduct heat or electricity while others are insulators? Why adding just a small amount of carbon to iron results in an alloy that is so much stronger than the base metal? In this course, you will learn how a material’s properties are determined by the microstructure of the material, which is in turn determined by composition and the processing that the material has undergone.

Average: 6.7 (3 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

L'ambition du cours est de confronter ses participants aux enjeux techniques, économiques, sociaux et environnementaux du XXIe siècle. Ces enjeux sont par nature très fortement couplés et complexes. Ils exigent une approche interdisciplinaire, afin d’adopter un vrai questionnement, au delà des préjugés et des idées reçues.

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Jun 26th 2017

During the four coming weeks, best experts in bitumen will bring you their knowledge and experience to build a strong understanding of today’s realities and new perspectives on the future of bitumen. Total is the European leader on bitumen markets. Innovation has always been the key to sustainability and durability in the products they develop. Their main objective here is to share technical knowledge and experience to insure bitumen are being used in the most effective and efficient ways for their different applications in road works.

Average: 6.7 (3 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

In this course we will seek to “understand Einstein,” especially focusing on the special theory of relativity that Albert Einstein, as a twenty-six year old patent clerk, introduced in his “miracle year” of 1905. Our goal will be to go behind the myth-making and beyond the popularized presentations of relativity in order to gain a deeper understanding of both Einstein the person and the concepts, predictions, and strange paradoxes of his theory.

Average: 8 (6 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

This course is an introduction to the study of bodies in motion as applied to engineering systems and structures. We will study the dynamics of particle motion and bodies in rigid planar (2D) motion. This will consist of both the kinematics and kinetics of motion. Kinematics deals with the geometrical aspects of motion describing position, velocity, and acceleration, all as a function of time. Kinetics is the study of forces acting on these bodies and how it affects their motion.

Average: 7.8 (6 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

¿Sabes por qué hay animales que migran cada año? ¿Cómo saben los campesinos cuando sembrar y cuando cosechar? ¿Sabes qué gobierna el ciclo anual de frio y calor y de lluvias y secas? Las estaciones del año son el fenómeno climático más perceptible por el ser humano y se manifiestan de diferente forma en distintas regiones; por ejemplo cuando es invierno en la mitad del mundo, es verano en la otra mitad. Entender el mecanismo de las estaciones es el primer paso para entender el clima, que afecta a casi todas las actividades humanas.

Average: 5.5 (2 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

This is an introductory course for students with limited background in chemistry; basic concepts involved in chemical reactions, stoichiometry, the periodic table, periodic trends, nomenclature, and chemical problem solving will be emphasized with the goal of preparing students for further study in chemistry as needed for many science, health, and policy professions.

Average: 5.7 (3 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

In this course, the second in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization, you will go in-depth with common data types (such as raster and vector data), structures, quality and storage during four week-long modules.

Average: 5.7 (7 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

El recorrido por el apasionante mundo de la microscopía nos permite ver a una escala muy alejada de mundo macroscópico al que estamos acostumbrados. Las diferentes técnicas microscópicas nos ayudan a entender el reino atómico y la estructura de los organismos vivos, así como también de los diversos materiales. Es una herramienta imprescindible para desarrollar nuevas funcionalidades en el campo de la nanociencia y la nanotecnología con aplicaciones biomédicas, en computación y telecomunicaciones, y en energías renovables, entre otras muchas.

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Jun 26th 2017

Le formalisme de Lagrange permet une résolution efficace de problèmes complexes de mécanique. Il permet aussi d'apporter un éclairage plus fondamental sur les lois de conservation (théorème de Noether). A titre d'illustration de la méthode de Lagrange, on traitera le problème très important des oscillateurs harmoniques couplés, exprimé comme un problème de valeurs propres et de vecteurs propres. On termine avec un formalisme permettant d'analyser les résonances paramétriques, notion illustrée par l'expérience montrant la stabilité d'un pendule inversé forcé.

Average: 7 (1 vote)
Jun 26th 2017

This course introduces you to subatomic physics, i.e. the physics of nuclei and particles.

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Jun 26th 2017

Explore the world of spatial analysis and cartography with geographic information systems (GIS). In this class you will learn the basics of the industry’s leading software tool, ArcGIS, during four week-long modules. Take Fundamentals of GIS as a standalone course or as part of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization. By completing the first class in the Specialization you will gain the skills needed to succeed in the full program.

Average: 9.2 (6 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

Pour illustrer les concepts introduits dans la première partie, on traite ici des problèmes pour lesquels le système mécanique peut être considéré comme un point matériel. Cette partie couvre notamment les problèmes à traiter en coordonnées cylindriques ou sphériques, le problème des orbites des planètes et les référentiels accélérés.

Average: 6.5 (4 votes)
Jun 26th 2017

À l’École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, un cours de mécanique fait partie de la formation de tous les futurs ingénieurs et scientifiques. Il a pour but de leur apprendre à transcrire sous forme mathématique un phénomène physique, afin de pouvoir en formuler une analyse raisonnée. Cette partie couvrira notamment la cinématique du point matériel, la balistique dans le champ de la pesanteur et l’oscillateur harmonique.

Average: 8 (1 vote)
Jun 26th 2017

The main goal of this course is to get the necessary knowledge on atmospheric and fluid dynamics in order to quantify the wind resource of a local or regional area.
We’ll learn about basic meteorology, the specific dynamics of turbulent boundary layers and some standard techniques to estimate wind resources regardless of the type of turbine used or the level of efficiency achieved.

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