STS.464 Cultural History of Technology (MIT)
The subject of this course is the historical process by which the meaning of "technology" has been constructed. Although the word itself is traceable to the ancient Greek root teckhne (meaning art), it did not enter the English language until the 17th century, and did not acquire its current meaning until after World War I. The aim of the course, then, is to explore various sectors of industrializing 19th and 20th century Western society and culture with a view to explaining and assessing the em
21H.931 Seminar in Historical Methods (MIT)
This subject is designed to give 21H majors and minors an introduction to the methods that historians use to interpret the past. We will focus on two areas: archives and interpretation. In our work on archives, we will ask what constitutes an archive. We will visit one or two local archives, speak with archivists, and assemble our own archive related to life at MIT in 2003. Once we have a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of historical archives, we will turn to the task o
21H.225J Gender and the Law in U.S. History (MIT)
This subject explores the legal history of the United States as a gendered system. It examines how women have shaped the meanings of American citizenship through pursuit of political rights such as suffrage, jury duty, and military service, how those political struggles have varied for across race, religion, and class, as well as how the legal system has shaped gender relations for both women and men through regulation of such issues as marriage, divorce, work, reproduction, and the family. The
Historical skills : weights and measurements
Aims to identify and explain some common difficulties in deciphering units of weights, measurements, and money in historical documents. Explores English and Welsh measuring systems, predominantly those used from the late sixteenth and early 17th centuries onwards, and those in force after the Weights and Measures Act of 1824. The resource includes a glossary and bibliography. Illustrative images of items from our collections appear throughout.
21H.466 Imperial and Revolutionary Russia: Culture and Politics (MIT)
At the beginning of the eighteenth century Russia began to come into its own as a major European power. Members of the Russian intellectual classes increasingly compared themselves and their autocratic order to states and societies in the West. This comparison generated both a new sense of national consciousness and intense criticism of the existing order in Russia. In this course we will examine different perspectives on Russian history and literature in order to try to understand the Russian E
5.61 Physical Chemistry (MIT)
This course presents an introduction to quantum mechanics. It begins with an examination of the historical development of quantum theory, properties of particles and waves, wave mechanics and applications to simple systems — the particle in a box, the harmonic oscillator, the rigid rotor and the hydrogen atom. The lectures continue with a discussion of atomic structure and the Periodic Table. The final lectures cover applications to chemical bonding including valence bond and molecular orb
National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics
The National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics is a project sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers. It's purpose is to investigate the revitalization of undergraduate physics departments. This site provides information about the Task Force, as well as a report by the Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics which used campus site visits to provide specific insight into what makes an undergraduate physics program thrive.
AlgTop11: Rational curvature, winding and turning
This video introduces an important re-scaling of curvature, using the natural geometric unit rather than radians or degrees. We call this the turn-angle, or tangle, and use it to describe polygons, convex and otherwise. We also introduce winding numbers and the turning number of a planar curve. This is the 11th lecture in this beginner's course on Algebraic Topology, given by Assoc Prof N J WIldberger at UNSW.
Columbia River Basalt Group, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho
This resource describes the Columbia River Basalt Group. The site features brief discussions of the stratigraphy and age of the group, as well as the group's vent system, volumes and eruption rates, and magma supply rates. This CRBG description is an excerpt from the ICG Field Trip T106: Cenozoic Volcanism in the Cascade Range and Columbia Plateau, Southern Washington and Northernmost Oregon: American Geophysical Union Field Trip Guidebook T106, p.21-24.
The Rights of Youth
Children and the law: Historian Cathy Hellier and Law Professor Jim Dwyer contrast 18th-century and 21st-century juvenile justice.
The Changing Workplace
The 20th century ushered in a change from handcrafting to machine tooling. Henry Ford introduced one of the first moving assembly lines as a way to turn out more cars more quickly, and the emerging auto industry popularized this mode. A photo of the Doble Steam Motors Corporation factory shows a line of workers and car chassis in production. This new technology, and the spread of industrialization, changed forever the way that work was completed. A wide variety of industries all across the count
Energy resources: Wind energy
Wind energy was the fastest growing power source at the starts of the 21st century, yet wind-driven mills and pumps, and nautical sails for transport, were, along with waterwheels, the first mechanical devices to power industrial production. The advantages of harnessing wind energy are obvious; it is free, clean and widely available. This unit explores the Wind as a potential source of useable energy. An OpenLearn Resource - Time: 3 hours & Level: Intermediate
Lecture 27 - 11/24/2010
The English Countryside, Rural Life and Cultural Change, 1900-75
This module will explore a relatively new area of historical research: the twentieth century countryside. Of interest first will be the realities of rural life and work in the first half of the century. The course will then consider the crucial post-war changes in farming, planning and rural living that have had such an impact upon contemporary perceptions of the countryside.
A young woman dressed as a fairy in white gauzy fabric with wings.
U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child Lesson Modules
In recognition of the historic 18th Birthday of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), we have assembled a human rights education media environment to help introduce the CRC to learners. Our intended audience is young adults, middle school through early college. The components include an interactive workshop on the CRC which can be easily facilitated in a single class period, background information on the Convention, the text of the CRC including a shortened child-friendly version
LIT 330: World Literature I: North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia and Oceania
Literature 330 offers students an opportunity to enhance their understanding of contemporary global interactions by exploring a diverse array of culturally expressive artifacts--novels, short stories, and poems--groups geographically by region. Course readings represent the following regions: North America; Latin American and the Caribbean; and Australia and Oceania.
Chemistry Games: Plastics
Play a game and find out about a Nobel Prize awarded discovery or work! For thousands of years people have been using silk, wool, cotton, wood and leather. In the last century or so, we have added plastics to this list. Key to developing the plastics we now use were the discoveries made by the Nobel Prize awarded scientists Ziegler and Natta in the 1950s. There are two major groups of plastics - some melt when heated and others don't. Find out why!
Classical to early modern: Aristotle to Sidney
Classical to early modern: Aristotle to Sidney
Internationalising the Curriculum: an annotated bibliography
This annotated bibliography comprises a selection of books, journal articles, conference papers and other resources on the subject of the internationalised curriculum. It has been compiled initially from a library of global sources originally brought together as part of the review of literature in the field, commissioned by the Higher Education Academy in 2006 (Caruana, V. and Spurling, N., 2007). This has been up-dated to include more recent work. The central criterion for selection of material