RES.TLL-004 | Fall 2013 | Undergraduate

STEM Concept Videos


The videos are organized into themes, as described below. To watch a video, select a title from the table below. Videos are accompanied by Instructor Guides where available, and related OCW courses are suggested where applicable.

Communication Successful professional communication begins with the ability to analyze situational variables and make strategic decisions.

Conservation In order to analyze or modify a system, it is important to understand how the laws of conservation place constraints on that system.

Derivatives and Integrals Derivatives describe the dependencies of change in a system. Integrals help quantify changing properties.

  • 8.02SC Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

Differential Equations Differential equations model changing properties in engineering systems.

Equilibrium To determine whether or not a system is at equilibrium, we must understand how a system’s equilibrium state is constrained by its boundary and surroundings.

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Governing Rules A small number of rules describe the physical and chemical interactions that are possible in our universe. 

  • 8.01SC Physics I: Classical Mechanics

  • 8.02SC Physics II

Information Flow This video is part of the Information Flow video series. A system is shaped and changed by the nature and flow of information into, within, and out of the system.

Linearity Many complex systems are modeled or approximated linearly because of the mathematical advantages.

Probability and Statistics Many events and phenomena are probabilistic. Engineers, designers, and architects often use probability distributions to predict system behavior.

Problem Solving Scientists, engineers, and architects must devise solutions to open-ended problems with technical and non-technical dimensions.

  • 8.01SC Physics I: Classical Mechanics

  • 8.01SC Physics I: Classical Mechanics

Representations Information can be represented in words, through mathematical symbols, graphically, or in 3-D models. Representations are used to develop a deeper and more flexible understanding of objects, systems, and processes.

  • 8.01SC Physics I: Classical Mechanics

Structure-Function Properties The structure, function, and properties of a system are related and depend on the processes that define or create the system.