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Students take 5 of the 13 courses listed below: one Calculus course, one Physics course, one Life Science course, a Humanities course, and an elective course.

CALCULUS

  1. Calculus I

Review of relevant topics from algebra and trigonometry, as well as epsilon-delta proofs, derivatives, (the derivation of all the rules of differentiation, applications of the first derivative and higher derivatives,) anti-differentiation, the fundamental theorem of calculus, approximating area under a curve, and work.

  1. Calculus II

After a review of differential calculus this course covers standard topics of second-semester Calculus-BC coupled with physical and mathematical applications including series and quantum mechanics.”

  1. Calculus III

A review of the related material from first-year calculus (as taught in AP Calculus BC courses) combined with the standard material for the differential calculus of functions of several real variables (second-year college Calculus).

 

PHYSICS

  1. Physics I

Non-calculus based topics in kinematics, the Newtonian laws, impulse and momentum, and energy.

  1. Physics II

An investigation of basic mechanics (kinematics, forces, energy, momentum, rotation), circuits (electric fields and forces, basic circuit components and combinations) and geometric optics (refraction, lenses, ray tracing).

  1. Physics III

Various wave phenomena, including oscillations, mechanical waves, electromagnetic waves, matter waves (elementary quantum mechanics), and special theory of relativity.

LIFE SCIENCES

  1. Biology

Aims to elucidate the biology behind real life problems, with a strong emphasis on understanding molecular mechanisms. Possible topics include biological molecules and their applications to forensics and the human genome, methods for engineering biological systems, and how evidence for evolution can be found inside of ourselves.

  1. •Biochemistry

Designed to teach students how to analyze large biomolecules on an atomic level. The following subjects will be discussed: early atomic theory, quantum mechanics, electrostatic model of bonding, intermolecular interactions, and molecular isomerism. These general concepts will be applied to an in-depth analysis of DNA structure, protein structure, bioenergetics, and enzyme catalysis.

  1. Chemistry

Covers the elements of modern chemistry, with an emphasis on the structure of atoms and molecules. Topics covered include atomic models, quantum numbers, electron configurations, periodic trends, bonding, Lewis structures, balancing equations, molecular orbital theory, thermodynamics and kinetics, solubility, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction and an introduction to electrochemistry.

HUMANITIES

Writing, speaking, and analytical reading skill development using complex texts from several genres focusing on both "Race, Ethnicity, and American Identity," and "Science and Ethics."

ELECTIVES (5 Weeks)

  1. •Architecture

The MITES Architecture course is intended as a broad introduction to this interdisciplinary field. Students are introduced to architectural process through two crucial tools in the Architect’s repertoire: drawing and model-making. These skills are developed and deployed in the design of a final project, for which they are asked to design and build a recyclable outdoor pavilion where MITES students of the future could work on their problem sets. The use of drawings, models, small-scale tests and mock-ups culminates in a full-scale prototype of an occupiable structure.

  1. •DigitalDesign

Introduction to HTML and Perl languages to design and build interactive web sites in teams.

  1. •ElectricalEngineering/Electronics

The topics will include circuit analysis, Ohm’s law, circuit design and wiring, and digital logic.  Students will develop a fundamental understanding of principals of electronics and digital logic and apply those principles towards the development of a final project.

  1. Engineering Design/Robotics

Engineering Design provides exciting hands-on experience in problem solving.  The students are divided into teams of three to four and use Deterministic Design with a Peer-Review Evaluation Process (PREP) to design, develop, and program machines.  The teams are initially given a container of components and are tasked with determining how to use the parts to best meet the project objectives.

Designing, building, and testing of machines are simplified through the use of Deterministic Design with PREP.  The process is cooperative and fosters healthy competition; peers influence each other to fully contribute.

  1. Genomics

In Genomics students study genetics variation and sequence a human gene associated with a disease, such as cystic fibrosis. The course is held at the MIT Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where approximately 1/3 of the human genome was sequenced. With a grant from the National Institutes of Health, this course provides a third option to the engineering project courses, enabling us to scale to a larger program size without diminishing the educational quality of any project course. Genomics culminates with informative poster presentations by the student researchers, an event designed to simulate a scientific research conference.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of Engineering Outreach Programs

Building 1-123, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 02139

617-253-8052 oeop@mit.edu

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