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2.971 2nd Summer Introduction to Design, January (IAP) 2003

Image of The MIT and the Pendulum.
Model of the contest table for "The MIT and the Pendulum". (Image by Prof. Alex Slocum.)

Highlights of this Course

This course includes readings written by the instructor and featuring detailed explanations of the essential "milestones" for student success in the course, and examples of finished student projects.

Course Description

Introduce students to the creative design process, based on the scientific method and peer review, by application of fundamental principles and learning to complete projects according to schedule and within budget. Subject relies on active learning through a major team-based design-and-build project focused on the need for a new consumer product identified by each team. Topics to be learned while teams create, design, build, and test their product ideas include formulating strategies, concepts and modules, and estimation, concept selection, machine elements, design for manufacturing, visual thinking, communication, teamwork, and professional responsibilities.


Prof. Alex Slocum

Course Meeting Times

One 2 hour session
One 3 hour final presentation session

Variable hours / week for 4 weeks




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