Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Math? You Be the Judge

by Amy Marcott on March 4, 2011 · 1 comment

in Alumni Life, Campus Culture, Classroom, Modern Geekhood

Doug Sweetser '84

Fun fact! Doug Sweetser ’84, who earned degrees in chemical engineering and biology, is one half of the MIT students on display at the Kendall Street T stop.

During Independent Activities Period (IAP), Doug Sweetser ’84, a self-proclaimed solid core nerd, led three classes under the heading Animating New Physics and recorded them. He claims the first class has too much math even by MIT standards.

It was called Derive the Maxwell Equations and More and sought to do just that using Euler-Lagrange. According to the class description, he also “repeated the derivation with a different multiplication rule leading to field equations that unify a linear approach to gravity and the standard model symmetries.” Too much math? Check out the video and decide for yourself.

The other two classes were Quaternion Quantum Field Theory Demystified and Analytic Animations Using Quaternions. Both are also available to view on YouTube.

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Hasnain Najai March 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Wow, this stuff is way beyond my University level Mathematics and Physics. We were doing Laplace Transforms and I found that very complicated.


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