IAP 2017

Field Camps 2017

12.411 Astronomy Field Camp (U credit)
12.611 Astronomy Field Camp (G credit)
Prereq: 12.410j/8.287
Limited to 6 participants
9 units, graded P/D/F
Fee: $200.00 for travel
Do not pre-register on WebSIS. Contact Dr. Amanda Bosh for application asbosh@MIT.EDU. Enter lottery by: Oct. 30, 2016
Astronomy field camp at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Students will participate in astronomical research with astronomers at Lowell Obs. Topics will vary by year. This class includes tours of local astronomical facilities and discussions with local astronomers. Students will present results of their research at the Lowell Obs. colloquium series at the end of the class. Priority will be given to declared Course 12 and Course 8 Majors, Astronomy Minors, Seniors, Juniors, and by date of class registration. Final enrollment decisions are made by the Instructor. Contact: Amanda Bosh, asbosh@mit.edu

Credit Subjects on Campus

12.11 Nature's Sandbox: A Record of Great Moments in Earth History
T, R, Jan 24, 26, 31 and Feb 2, 9-2 pm, 54-819
Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Level: U 2 units Graded P/D/F
This year the course will focus on the BIG 5 MASS EXTINCTIONS & LARGE IGNEOUS PROVINCES and will explore how sediments and the sedimentary rock record preserve information about these events in Earth History and ancient climate and ocean changes. Can serve as a prerequisite for 12.110A & B which includes a spring break trip to Death Valley area

12.095 Delivering Energy at Scale: Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development
T, W, R, and F Jan 17-20, 2017, 1-5 pm, 54-517
Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F
Oil and natural gas provide approximately two-thirds of primary energy today, and will continue to be major sources of energy for several decades. The course will introduce today's energy systems and the state of the art geoscience and engineering approaches necessary to meet current demand. Participants will work in teams, to design and present plans for the development of a multi-billion dollar natural gas project with the potential to supply energy for over three million households. The course will look at how technology, economics, society and sustainability must be balanced to deliver energy efficiently and in a manner that all stakeholders would regard as responsible. 
Richard Sears and David Patrick Murphy
Contact: Richard Sears, rasears@stanford.edu 

12.141 Electron Microprobe Analysis
T, R, Jan 17, 19, 24 and 26, 1-5 PM, 54-1221
Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Limited to 8 participants.
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F
Introduction to the theory of X-ray microanalysis through wavelength and energy dispersive spectrometry (WDS and EDS), ZAF matrix corrections, and scanning electron imaging with back-scattered electron (BSE), secondary electron (SE), elemental X-rays with WDS and EDS, and cathodoluminescence (CL); lab sessions will involve hands-on use of the JEOL JXA-8200 Superprobe. This four-session course is offered for undergraduate credit. However, persons interested in an in-depth discussion of quantitative X-ray analysis are invited to participate. Students will be required to complete lab exercises to obtain credit. Open Courseware (Course notes available here); IAP for-credit course listing.
Contact: Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee, 54-1216, x3-1995, e-probe-www@mit.edu to enter the lottery.

12.310 An Introduction to Weather Forecasting 
M, W, F on Jan. 23, 25, 27 and M,T, W, R, F on Jan. 30, 31, and Feb. 1, 2, 3; 01:30-03:00 pm, 54-915
Limited to 50 participants. Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq: 8.01, 18.01
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F
Basic principles of synoptic meteorology and weather forecasting. Analysis of hourly weather data and numerical weather prediction models. Regular preparation of weather forecasts. Guest lecture by local TV meteorologist.
Web: http://www-paoc.mit.edu/synoptic/courses/12.310/12310.htm
Contact: Lodovica Illari, 54-1612, x3-2286, illari@mit.edu

12.S591 Modeling Multiphase Fluid Flow in Porous Permeable Media 
Jan 9-Feb. 3, MWF 1-3 in 54-209
Level: G 6 units Graded P/D/F
Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.

Covers the fundamental equations describing multi-phase, multi component incompressible and compressible flow in porous and permeable media.  Reviews and develops computational methods to simulate fluid flow in underground water aquifers, oil and gas reservoirs, CO2 injection/sequestration in underground reservoirs.

Includes basic physical properties and numerical solution methods for single and multiphase flow.  Stability and convergence of the linear and nonlinear systems will be discussed for selecting the proper algorithm.  Numerical solution methods for one-, two- and three-dimensional flow with capillarity and gravity effects will be presented and discussed.

Includes hands on programming exercises, and students build their own flow simulators.

A. Dogru, Saudi Aramco Fellow and Visiting Scientist at ERL/EAPS, MIT.
Contact the EAPS Education Office with any questions.  54-912   617-253-3381