Unit 1 - Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics

Nonlinear Dynamics: Mathematical and Computational Approaches is an (excellent) online course offered by Complexity Explorer. Unit 1 provided a general introduction to nonlinear dynamics and maps covering the following topics:

  1. Introduction to nonlinear dynamics
  2. Maps and difference equations
  3. Transients and attractors
  4. Parameters and bifurcations
  5. Field trip: Boulder Creek
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Flexagons and the Math Behind Twisted Paper

Below I’ve collected my notes taken during the FutureLearn 3-week online course “Flexagons and the Math Behind Twisted Paper” presented by Dr. Yossi Elran of Davidson Institute of Science Education, Weizmann Institute of Science. This was a fascinating introduction to Flexagons and symbols to describe them, Möbius band, Catalan numbers and more. These are pretty rough notes at the moment, probably not very meaningful to those who haven’t taken this course.
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Night at the Museum

Introduction Night at the Museum is my final project in the second term of Udacity’s VR Developer Nanodegree program. This term focused on VR design and development process, VR platforms and the industries impacted by VR. This term introduced me to an incredibly wide range of applications I wasn’t aware of previously. My last thought-experiments (part1, part 2, and part 3) also helped me realize that there’s so much more than just ‘VR’ and that the future may really lie within the full spectrum of realities ranging from augmented reality, augmented virtuality, mixed reality to fully virtual reality.
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The Puzzler VR Project

Introduction Welcome to my Puzzler project writeup! This project is part of Udacity’s VR Developer Nanodegree program. The second term of this program focuses on VR design and the development cycle from the initial statement of purpose, definition of a user persona, to the iterative process of creating a usable mobile app. This process involved multiple user tests to ensure that the experience is comfortable and clear to the player.
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Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space - Week 4

The Tools of Astronomy Telescopes Gallileoscope 1 inch diameter over 400 years ago, modern telescopes now have diameters of 8 or 10 meters. Telescopes can also be used in invisible light wavelengths, e.g. ultraviolet, infrared, radio. James Webb Space Telescope will bring space astronomy to the level of large ground telescopes, 6.5 meter mirror. Ground based telescopes cost about a billion dollars. Hubble Space Telescope cost about $6-8 billion.
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