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Mechanical Engineering

2.670
Mechanical Engineering Tools
Steven B. Leeb, Barbara Hughey, Richard Fenner
Schedule: TBD
Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 140 participants.
No listeners
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F   

Introduces the fundamentals of machine tool and computer tool use. Students work with a variety of machine tools including the bandsaw, milling machine, and lathe. Instruction given on the use of software packages. Assignments are project-oriented relating to mechanical engineering topics. It is recommended that students take this subject in the first IAP after declaring the major in Mechanical Engineering.
Remember why you came to MIT: to learn and to build! This course is a hands-on introduction to design and fabrication. Learn to use the milling machine, lathe, bandsaw, drill press, and other remarkable tools to build anything you can imagine. We'll review the basic principles of physics that make DC motors (and other electromagnetic actuators like loud speakers) work. We'll look at commercial products that use DC motors. And you will build a DC motor of your own design in the Pappalardo Design Laboratory. A design spin-off at the end of the course will crown the fastest (highest RPM) motor.

For IAP 2010, there will be 2 sections of 2.670.
Section 1: 8:30am-5pm, T-F, Jan 19-22
Section 2: 8:30am-5pm, M-R, Jan 25-28
There will also be one evening class on the 2nd or 3rd day of each session.

Students should pre-register on WebSIS and indicate session preference by following the URL listed below.

Preference given to declared Course 2, 2A and 2-OE students.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/2.670/www/
Contact: Barbara Hughey, 3-038, x2-1812, bhughey@mit.edu

2.97
Independent Activities
Designing for People
Maria Yang, Justin Lai
Mon-Fri, Jan 6-8, 11-15, 19-22, 10am-01:00pm, 3-370

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 20 participants.
No listeners
Prereq:
Level: U 6 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit   

For undergraduates desiring to carry on independent or group studies during the January Independent Activities Period. Each student will carry on a program of his or her own choosing, either as an independent worker, or as a member of a team or class. Special lectures, seminars, and laboratory projects arranged when appropriate. Programs arranged on an individual basis in consultation with the instructor. 2.972-2.974 are graded P/D/F.
You know how to analyze and solve problems technically, but what about figuring out what problems to solve, and how people "factor in the equation"? Focus is on addressing problems and issues in everyday life, through design. Introduction to early stages of design process: need-finding, ideation and concept generation/selection. All majors/years welcome. No experience required.

Pre-register on WebSIS, AND e-mail 2.97-request@mit.edu
More information: Justin Lai, Rm 3-446, 324-5264, justinlai@mit.edu, or Maria Yang, mcyang@mit.edu
Web: http://web.mit.edu/ideation/2.97/
Contact: Natalie Illsley, 3-449, 324-6108, ndweaver@mit.edu

2.972
Independent Activities
MASLAB - Mobile Autonomous Systems Laboratory
Leslie Kaelbling, Ellen Yi Chen - Technical Director, Eric Timmons - MASLAB Organizer
Mon-Fri, Jan 4-8, 11-15, 10am-12:00pm, 32-141, Competition in 26-100

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 08-Dec-2009
Limited to 60 participants.
No listeners
Prereq:
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   
Fee: 200.00 for Team fee - to cover the cost of materials and hardware

For undergraduates desiring to carry on independent or group studies during the January Independent Activities Period. Each student will carry on a program of his or her own choosing, either as an independent worker, or as a member of a team or class. Special lectures, seminars, and laboratory projects arranged when appropriate. Programs arranged on an individual basis in consultation with the instructor. 2.972-2.974 are graded P/D/F.
MASLAB is an advanced autonomous robotics contest emphasizing technical AI, vision, mapping, and navigation from a mounted camera, with few restrictions on materials, sensor, or actuators, enabling students to build robots very creatively. Teams should have 3-4 members, and be prepared to devote the bulk of IAP to creating their robot. The majority of the team should have basic proramming experience. Friendly competition in 26-100 on January 29th, will start with an Open House at 5pm and contests at 5:30.
Web: http://maslab.csail.mit.edu
Contact: maslab-staff@mit.ed

2.993
Special Topics in Mech Eng
Traditional Drafting - Naval Architecture
Captain Will Sofrin
Mon Jan 25 thru Thu Jan 28, 09:30am-03:30pm, N51.160

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 8 participants.
No listeners
Prereq: none
Level: U 3 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit   

This course in traditional drafting practice will use historic design data by N.G. Herreshoff from the Hart Nautical Collections - MIT Museum. NGH graduated from MIT in 1870 and is widely considered the world's greatest yacht designer. You will learn how to translate Herreshoff's original hull offsets (numerical XYZ hull shape) into a lines plan you keep. Herreshoff built boats directly from offsets, taken from half-hull models (without producing lines plans), so you will be creating unique lines plans. A tour of the Hart Nautical Design Collections is included. Instructor is a professional draftsman.

Co-sponsors: MIT Museum and Dept. of Architecture

NOTE: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED AS OF 1/4/10!
Contact: Kurt Hasselbalch, N51-233, x3-5942, kurt@mit.edu

2.994
Special Topics in Mech Eng
Lectures on Flexures: Design Principles and Applications
Martin Culpepper, Jonathan B Hopkins
Mon-Fri, Jan 5-8, 11-15, 01-02:30pm, 1-371

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 15 participants.
No listeners
Prereq:
Level: U 6 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit   

Advanced flexure design principles, modeling approaches, engineering tools, and best practices. Applications: precision motion stages, general-purpose flexure bearings, and MEMs/Nano-scale positioning systems. Emphasis on kinematic and elastomechanic flexure synthesis using principles of constraint-based design. Lectures, assigned readings, hands-on exercises, and a substantial project involving 3-D printing.
Contact: Jonathan B. Hopkins, jhopkins@mit.edu


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