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More Online Courses: EdX

A few more universities are offering free courseware.  What you get at the end of the course is a certificate that says you took that class and that you passed.  For now, the certificate is free and rather frumpy looking.  In the future, they plan to charge for them. 

Here’s the link:

https://www.edx.org/

BTW, coursera is still offering alot of classes.  There are more now since it is the fall semester.  I am too busy with other classes to add more, but some of you may be interested.

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  1. skogfrost
    October 17, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    The MIT solid state chemistry class is the best overall intro chemistry class I’ve ever come across. I watched it on MIT’s youtube channel in both 06 , and again in 2010 , when i got a lot more out of it. It’s not a general chemistry class, but does much better at getting an idea of what the various branches of chemistry are, what their fundamentals are, starts with an excellent couple of lectures on the atomic models up to QM. It’s about getting a fundamental , or foundational structure for continuing to learn chemistry, and not the , what I call ‘shit work’ , or accounting chemistry, where you balance, titrate, yield, react ad nausium. There is a recitation section that goes along with it on the MIT youtube channel, where more problems are worked out. Some basic first year calculus is assumed , but even without that it’s an excellent class, and the professor is a brilliant , enthusiastic, teacher.

    I signed up for the experimental genomics class on coursera but it’s not started yet, even though 10/15 was the scheduled date. I don’t really have time with everything else, but curiosity got the better of me. Drugs and the Brain looks good too, which starts in November sometime. They have some rather heavy sounding QM classes and a one scheduled for next Spring, on neuro modelling, which really might be way over my math abilities , but the coursera lineup looks promising. Pharmacology was really not that great, honestly. I hope the other ones are better, and given the subject matter, they should be.

  2. skogfrost
    October 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I guess i should have looked closer because for this edx service, they are using a different professor than the one that taught 3,091 for MIT students. I have no idea what he is like. i can say what I did for 3.091 on the yt channel and Itunes, but not sure about this guy on edx’s version. Donald Saddoway, who teaches it for regular students would be a tough act to follow, but the course should still be about the same and the approach is most likely the same.

    • Ryu
      October 18, 2012 at 4:25 am

      I really liked the Pharmacology class we covered. There was only an hour long lecture and a quiz each week. Many of these other classes want a 12 hour commitment per week. That I cannot do right now.

      I hope things are going well for you Skogfrost. Let us know if you gain anything from those courses.

      • skogfrost
        October 20, 2012 at 1:45 am

        I will do that. I am just beginning the Experimental genome science class right now. What the pharmacology class did, that I needed, was to talk about kinetics and drug development. What I wish it did was to get into the categories of drugs and their chemistry a bit more, the reason they work and what they do. It was far more focused on metabolism than dynamics and categories of action , but metabolism and pharm-kinetics are important, and left to my own devices i’d most likely not focus on them much since it’s more interesting to me to learn about pharm-dynamics. It was light on time required though, that is true , and some of the more interesting classes look like a major time investment.

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