Van Oudenaarden Lab:JT:06S Courses

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  • 7.82 Topics of Mammalian Development and Genetics

Lecture: T1-4 (Whitehead-7TH) Seminar covering embryologic, molecular, and genetic approaches to development in mice and humans. Topics include preimplantation development; gastrulation; embryonic stem cells, gene targeting and nuclear cloning; genomic imprinting; X-inactivation; sex determination; germ cells; association and linkage analysis. R. Jaenisch, D. Page

Lecture: R4-6 (Whitehead-7TH) Intensive analysis of historical and current developments in cancer biology. Topics include principles of transformation, viral and cellular oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, tumor-cell growth, apoptosis, principles of cancer biology, and cancer genetics. R. Weinberg, J. Lees

  • 7.05 General Biochemistry

URL: MWF9.30-11 (10-250) Contributions of biochemistry toward an understanding of the structure and functioning of organisms, tissues, and cells. Chemistry and functions of constituents of cells and tissues and the chemical and physical-chemical basis for the structures of nucleic acids, proteins, and carbohydrates. General metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and nitrogen-containing materials such as amino acids, proteins, and related compounds. M. Yaffe, D. Bartel, G. M. Brown

  • 5.60J Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Lecture: MWF10 (4-370) Equilibrium properties of macroscopic systems. Basic thermodynamics: state of a system, state variables. Work, heat, first law of thermodynamics, thermochemistry. Second and third law of thermodynamics: entropy. Gibbs function, phase equilibrium properties of solutions. Chemical equilibrium of reactions in gas and solution phase. Rates of chemical reactions. Credit cannot be received for both BE.111J and BE.110J or 5.601J.

  • 8.044 Statistical Physics I

MWF1 (4-370) Introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Random variables, joint and conditional probability densities, and functions of a random variable. Concepts of macroscopic variables and thermodynamic equilibrium, fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics, microcanonical and canonical ensembles. First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics. Numerous examples illustrating a wide variety of physical phenomena such as magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices. Concurrent enrollment in 8.04 is recommended. Y. Lee


  • 18.175 Theory of Probability

course web Lecture: MWF10 (2-255) Laws of large numbers and central limit theorems for sums of independent random variables, conditioning and martingales, Brownian motion and elements of diffusion theory.

  • 18.366 Random Walks and Diffusion

course web Mathematical modeling of diffusion phenomena: Central limit theorems, the continuum limit, Fokker-Planck equation, first passage, persistence and self avoidance, continuous-time random walks, Levy flights, random environments, advection-diffusion, nonlinear diffusion, conformal mapping. Applications include polymers, turbulence, fractal growth, granular flow, and financial derivatives.