Excerpted from the edX blog. Patrick Cavallario, edX Community Manager | 07.29.2014

star trek

The first engineer I ever came across was Enterprise NCC 1701-D Chief Engineer Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge on Star Trek The Next Generation (TNG). Not to get nostalgic about my love for Star Trek, but the show depicted a future in which anything was possible through science and engineering. Cmdr. LaForge could solve any problem he faced with his creativity and ingenuity. It was not only admirable – it was inspiring.

While my dreams of becoming an engineer faded as I got older, I never lost my appreciation for the impact engineers can have. We have engineers to thank for some of the greatest achievements in human history – the pyramids at Giza, the Roman aqueducts and Colosseum and a Great Wall in China you can see from space. And, speaking of space–we can go there. We put a man on the moon and astronauts on a space station orbiting the Earth at 17,000 MPH. Engineers have helped build our history, make our present possible and will continue to shape our future.

Whether it is learning about the future cities of tomorrow, advancements in solar energy or aeronautical engineering, open up your own world of endless possibilities boldy go wherever you want to through an upcoming MITx engineering course.

circuits and electronicsCircuits and Electronics – MIT – August 25, 2014

The course introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; independent and dependent sources; switches and MOS transistors; digital abstraction; amplifiers; energy storage elements; dynamics of first- and second-order networks; design in the time and frequency domains; and analog and digital circuits and applications. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course. Learn more.

solid stateIntroduction to Solid State Chemistry – MIT – September 3, 2014

3.091x is a first-year course where chemical principles are explained by examination of the properties of materials. The electronic structure and chemical bonding of materials is related to applications and engineering systems throughout the course. The on-campus version of the course has been taught for over thirty-five years and is one of the largest classes at MIT. Learn more.

mechanical-behavior-of-materials-262x136Mechanical Behavior of Materials – MIT – September 3, 2014

This subject provides an introduction to the mechanical behavior of materials, from both the continuum and atomistic points of view. At the continuum level, the course will show how forces and displacements translate into stress and strain distributions within the material. At the atomistic level, it will teach the mechanisms that control the mechanical properties of materials. Learn more.

effective field theoryEffective Field Theory – MIT – September 16, 2014

Effective field theory (EFT) provides a fundamental framework to describe physical systems with quantum field theory. In this course, students will learn both how to construct EFTs and how to apply them in a variety of situations. It will cover the majority of the common tools that are used by different effective field theories. In particular: identifying degrees of freedom and symmetries, formulating power counting expansions (both dimensional and non-dimensional), field redefinitions, bottom-up and top-down effective theories, fine-tuned effective theories, matching and Wilson coefficients, reparameterization invariance, and various examples of advanced renormalization group techniques. Learn more.

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