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11.002J / 17.30J Fundamentals of Public Policy, Fall 2004
Meyer, Steve; Laws, David
Fundamentals of Public Policy is an introductory course that explores policy-making as both a problem-solving process and a political process. We look at policy-making from the perspective of different focal actors and institutions, including: administrative agencies, legislators, the courts, the mass public, interest groups, and the media. We examine the interplay between policy development and institutions, and review normative and empirical models of policy-making. Exploring these issues will require us to address questions like: How and why does something come to be seen as a "public problem" requiring a governmental response, while others fail to get attention? Why do we need public policies? What determines the content and nature of public policies? Who decides public policy priorities? Does public policy ever accomplish anything worthwhile?
2004-12-01T00:00:00Z18.311 Principles of Applied Mathematics, Spring 2009
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18.311 Principles of Applied Mathematics, Spring 2009
Kasimov, Aslan
This course is about mathematical analysis of continuum models of various natural phenomena. Such models are generally described by partial differential equations (PDE) and for this reason much of the course is devoted to the analysis of PDE. Examples of applications come from physics, chemistry, biology, complex systems: traffic flows, shock waves, hydraulic jumps, bio-fluid flows, chemical reactions, diffusion, heat transfer, population dynamics, and pattern formation.
2009-06-01T00:00:00Z2.25 Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Fall 2005
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2.25 Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Fall 2005
McKinley, Gareth; Ghoniem, Ahmed F.; Sonin, Ain; Hosoi, Anette
This course surveys the principal concepts and methods of fluid dynamics. Topics include mass conservation, momentum, and energy equations for continua, the Navier-Stokes equation for viscous flows, similarity and dimensional analysis, lubrication theory, boundary layers and separation, circulation and vorticity theorems, potential flow, an introduction to turbulence, lift and drag, surface tension and surface tension driven flows. The class assumes students have had one prior undergraduate class in the area of fluid mechanics. Emphasis is placed on being able to formulate and solve typical problems of engineering importance.
2005-12-01T00:00:00Z18.303 Linear Partial Differential Equations: Analysis and Numerics, Fall 2010
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18.303 Linear Partial Differential Equations: Analysis and Numerics, Fall 2010
Johnson, Steven G.
This course provides students with the basic analytical and computational tools of linear partial differential equations (PDEs) for practical applications in science engineering, including heat/diffusion, wave, and Poisson equations. Analytics emphasize the viewpoint of linear algebra and the analogy with finite matrix problems. Numerics focus on finite-difference and finite-element techniques to reduce PDEs to matrix problems.
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