MIT Fusion and Plasma Physics Seminar:  Free OpenCourseWare

Posted by Rezwan Razani on Mar 07, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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Learn fusion for free in this undergraduate-level course from MIT.  There will be no tests or quizzes.  Just soak in the fusion.

MIT Course Information

Seminar: Fusion and Plasma Physics

Course Description

This course uses lectures and discussion to introduce the range of topics relevant to plasma physics and fusion engineering. An introductory discussion of the economic and ecological motivation for the development of fusion power is also presented. Contemporary magnetic confinement schemes, theoretical questions, and engineering considerations are presented by expert guest lecturers. Students enrolled in the course also tour the Plasma Science and Fusion Center experimental facilities.

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Per their site:

Fusion and Plasma Physics OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Course by MIT on Fusion Engineering and Plasma Physics

The seminar-style course ‘Fusion and Plasma Physics’ is made available as free OpenCourseWare by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. The undergraduate-level course covers several topics related to studies in fusion engineering and plasma physics, including fusion reactors, magnetohydrodynamics and DT fusion. This course is ideal for students studying Engineering or Physics.

In our growing need to seek out and understand alternative energy sources, the relevance of MIT’s course, ‘Seminar: Fusion and Plasma Physics,’ seems monumental. Fusion as a source of energy could potentially provide unlimited electric power with very little negative impact on our environment. Thanks to MIT’s offering of free OpenCourseWare, undergraduate students interested in earning their degrees in Fusion Engineering and Plasma Physics can have access to much of the information provided in this course. Three lectures, presented by Professors Ron Parker, Jeff Friedberg and Kim Molvig explore the topics of fusion reactors, magnetohydrodynamics and DT fusion. Sample student projects cover additional areas, such as the politics and policy of energy, stellarators and inertial confinement fusion. An exploration of the suggested related resources will round out students’ introduction to the subject.

Point of Order

I notice the date on the MIT course is 2006 and the date on the Educhoices site is 2009.  Is this course still available?  In cyberspace?  What’s happening to MIT’s fusion program itself? 

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