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Mechanical Engineering

2.670
Mechanical Engineering Tools
Steven B. Leeb, Barbara Hughey, Richard Fenner
Mon-Fri, Jan 18-21, 24-27, 08:30am-05:00pm

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.
Complete survey at web.mit.edu/surveys/2.670 by Dec. 1, 2010.

Remember why you came to MIT: to learn & build. Learn to use the milling machine, lathe and other tools. Gain experience building an electronic tachometer to keep.
Review the basic principles that make DC motors work. Build a motor with some of your own design choices in the Pappalardo Design Laboratory. A design spin-off will crown the fastest motor.

You can take 2.670 either Jan 18-21 OR Jan 24-27. Hours: 8:30am to 5pm on all 4 days, 1 hour break for lunch plus 1 evening session from 6 to 9:30pm on either the 2nd or 3rd day.

Registration limited to Course 2, 2-A, and 2-OE majors. Students who have passed
2.00b are exempt and excluded from 2.670.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/2.670/www/
Contact: 2.670@mit.ed

2.97
Independent Activities
Designing for People
Maria Yang, Geoff Tsai
Mon-Fri, Jan 5-7, 10-14, 18-21, 10am-01:00pm, 3-370

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 22 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 2.97-2011-request@mit.edu
More information: Geoff Tsai, Rm 3-446, 324-5264, heff@mit.edu, or Prof. Maria Yang, mcyang@mit.edu
Web: http://web.mit.edu/ideation/2.97/
Contact: Mieke Moran, 3-449, 324-6108, mieke_m@mit.edu

2.972
Independent Activities
MASLAB - Mobile Autonomous Systems Laboratory
Leslie Kaelbling, Ellen Yi Chen - Program Director
Mon-Fri, Jan 3-7, 10-14, 12-04:00pm, 32-155, Competition in 26-100

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 22-Nov-2010
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 be returned upon successful completion of class

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 28th, will start with an Open House at 4pm and contests at 5pm.
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 24 thru Thu Jan 27, 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 1/4/11! Students need to confirm a place in class with Kurt Hasselbalch, x3-5942, kurt@mit.edu
Contact: Kurt Hasselbalch, N51-233, x3-5942, kurt@mit.edu


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