Experimental techniques for observation and measurement of physical variables such as force, strain, temperature, flow rate, and acceleration. Emphasizes principles of transduction, measurement circuitry, MEMS sensors, Fourier transforms, linear and nonlinear function fitting, uncertainty analysis, probability density functions and statistics, system identification, electrical impedance analysis and transfer functions, computer-aided experimentation, and technical reporting. Typical laboratory experiments involve oscilloscopes, electronic circuits including operational amplifiers, thermocouples, strain gauges, digital recorders, lasers, etc. Basic material and lab objectives are developed in lectures. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication provided. Enrollment limited.
Fall 2020 Update: Fully Remote Hands-On Classes - 2.671 is an overlay of measurement, instrumentation, and communication over the knowledge you have gained in your prior MIT classes. The Lecture, Lab, and Go Forth project work together to help you use well-reasoned judgement to design and perform experiments, interpret and present data, and effectively and truthfully communicate technical information. Lecture and Lab will have synchronous activities that are recorded, to accommodate students who are unable to join synchronously. All activities are being redesigned to provide impactful learning with efficient use of your time. We recognize that working from home is challenging (for students and instructors). Frequent community building will be included, such as small group activities in lectures, working with a lab partner, and enhanced Go Forth project mentoring. Kits will be sent for some lab experiments; other labs will involve watching videos of the experiments. This approach worked well last spring. We will also send you sensors and supplies for your Go Forth project. We expect minor limitations in the type of project you will be able to do remotely. As always, 2.671 staff will guide you through the process so that you complete a project that you are proud to add to your portfolio. The remote version of 2.671 will be different than it was on campus. We are confident that the course will be empowering, fulfilling, fun, and still provide the technical rigor and personal growth as an engineer that you deserve from an MIT education. Please email email@example.com with any questions whatsoever about 2.671.
From heart rates to exploding pumpkins, the topics students can explore for the Go Forth and Measure project are virtually unlimited.