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FREE OPEN ONLINE COURSES FROM ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE

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  • The second part of the Introduction to Probability course offers the same content as the class taught by Sylvie MĂ©lĂ©ard in the first year of École Polytechnique’s core curriculum. You can access the first part of the course here: Random: An Introduction to Probability (Part 1).

  • Following the course "Quantum Optics: single photon", this course will allow learners to use the formalism of quantum optics to describe multiphoton phenomena.

  • Can a discontinuous function solve a differential equation? How can we strictly define Dirac mass (a “function” of integral one that is equal to zero everywhere except at one point) and its derivatives? Can we define the notion of a “fractional order derivative”? This introduction to distributions addresses these questions and many more.

  • The advent of lasers, particularly ultrashort pulse lasers, has allowed for the exploration of a so-called nonlinear system of interaction between light and matter, revealing a vast wealth of phenomena that will be covered in this course.

  • The first part of the Introduction to Probability course offers the same content as the class taught by Sylvie MĂ©lĂ©ard in the first year of École Polytechnique’s core curriculum. You can access the second part of the course here: Random: An Introduction to Probability (Part 2).

  • The “Introduction to Documentary Research” MOOC aims to present the methodology involved in literature review, an essential step in any scientific or technical work, used across all disciplines. The course looks at how to create a bibliography and the correct habits to use when citing authors.

  • Compliant with the requirements of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, this course in intermediate B1-B2 French language is part of the dual teaching system of “training through technology” and “language and interculturalism” set up by IP Paris. It is intended for students who wish to pursue higher study in France. The course offers an immersion into the student world through videos, multi-format texts, short excerpts of films, and authentic video material in which French and international students living in France express their views. Students enrolled in the course will thus have the chance to discover the French higher education system and life in France; through its culture, literature, films, newscasts, documentaries and language (both standard and more colloquial), while also learning how to attend class, how to take notes and how assessment works in France.

  • All throughout your career, you will have to negotiate your salary, a new position, an internship, a greater level of responsibility... In negotiation, we can’t just wing it; we must learn how to do it right.

    So, why not learn the craft once and for all to make sure all your negotiations are successful?

    Accessible to all and easily understood, this course, will offer you practical advice that can be applied immediately to all your negotiations.

    In this class, you will learn how to become a proper negotiator and how to steer clear of the big mistakes.

  • Embark on a quest in search of the infinitely small, alongside the men and women of physics who will help you discover what secrets are hidden in matter when it is studied at the shortest and greatest distances.

  • Since the beginning of the 20th century, an increasing number of experiments have shown that the laws of Newtonian mechanics are no longer valid when applied at a very small scale, such as that of atoms, molecules or nuclei. This brings us into the field of quantum mechanics, where physical laws take on a whole new dimension, which was scrupulously formalized in the late 1920s. Not only has this veritable intellectual revolution been essential in understanding the true nature of the physical world, from elementary particles to the big bang; it is also responsible for the emergence of most modern technologies such as microelectronics, lasers and optical telecommunications.

  • Embark on a quest in search of the infinitely big and infinitely small and examine the ways they relate closely to our lives, alongside the men and women of physics who will help you discover their hidden presence in our day-to-day world. You will be introduced to the lives and professions of this major collaboration in the physics of the infinitely small and infinitely big. Discover how the tools developed in these fields have unearthed unexpected applications, how nuclear physics has profoundly changed the worlds of energy and health, and how the properties of certain particles are helping other disciplines to study matter in a completely different way.

  • Embark on a quest in search of the infinitely big and small, alongside the men and women of physics who will help you discover the link between the tiniest distances in the structure of matter and the greatest distances of the Universe known to date, as well as the scientific methods used to study them. You will learn that many messengers from our Universe—such as photons, neutrinos and cosmic rays—are also objects of interest to physicists who study matter at the smallest scales. You will also find out how, thanks to the progress made in the study of the infinitely small, we can understand the history of the Universe, including the formation of matter and the disappearance of antimatter. Our understanding of these two infinities can progress harmoniously, with each one relying on the advances of the other.

  • Embark on a quest in search of the infinitely big, alongside the men and women of physics who will help you discover the greatest distances of the Universe known to date, as well as the scientific methods used to study them. You will learn what scientists have managed to find out about the history and structure of the Universe and its components, and how they have gathered their observations on stars, galaxies and the Universe as a whole.

  • This course consists of a general presentation of solar cells based on silicon thin films.

    After a brief presentation of solar cells operation, thin film semiconductors are described. The general properties of disordered and crystalline semiconductors are found very different, in particular in terms of band structure and doping mechanisms.

  • Waves are everywhere. On water of course, but also in the air as you hear a plane, and under your feet during an earthquake certainly. Vibrations, too, are everywhere In your bike as you go over a bump, in you guitar as you play, and of course in your smartphone. You can guess that there is something in common behind all this. This is exactly the purpose of this course !

  • The MOOC “Photovoltaic solar energy” is a general presentation of the solar photovoltaics technologies in the global energetic context, without extensive details.

    In contrast this second MOOC allows a deep understanding of the properties of solar cells based on crystalline semiconductors. It consists in a general presentation of the physics of the photovoltaics devices with a particular emphasize on the silicon technology that currently represents more than 90% share of the market. Photovoltaic applications of III-V semiconductors are also mentioned.

  • Plastic electronics is a concept that emerged forty years ago, with the discovery of electrically conductive polymers. Ten years later, the first electronic devices using organic solids in place of the ubiquitous inorganic semiconductors were realised. The best achievement of plastic electronics is constituted by Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) that equip the display of many smartphones, and even TV sets.

  • The course is an introduction to the photovoltaic (PV) applications in the general mix energetic context dominated by climate warming mitigation.

  • The main goal of this course is to get the necessary knowledge on atmospheric and fluid dynamics in order to quantify the wind resource of a local or regional area.

  • For a long time, it was thought that light could be fully described as a classical electromagnetic wave obeying Maxwell's equations. In the last decades, however, it became possible to produce new states of light with unprecedented properties, impossible to understand in the context of classical electromagnetism, and demanding the use of the quantum optics formalism. This course will introduce many basic tools of the quantum optics formalism, and use them to describe an emblematic example of fully quantum states of light: one-photon wave-packets. These tools will be also used in the follow up of this course, which will present entangled pairs of photons, squeezed states of light, interaction of quantized light with matter, and their applications to quantum technologies. Behave both as a wave and a particle, and/or how to use it in quantum technologies, embark with us!

  • If your firm is a startup you will need to demonstrate that your team, your business model and your cash flow generation offer an attractive profile for investors interested in your growth and the future valuation of the company. The purpose of this course is to give you the keys to understanding this ecosystem so that you can make the best funding decisions.

  • This course will allow you to identify and evaluate opportunities for creating a tech business, and to better understand its principal issues on a human, technical, commercial, environmental and financial level. As such, you will obtain solid foundations either for building your own tech business, or for joining one.

  • In this project-based course, you will outline a complete scientific paper, choose an appropriate journal to which you'll submit the finished paper for publication, and prepare a checklist that will allow you to independently judge whether your paper is ready to submit.

  • Fluid-Solid Interactions happen when the motion of solids and fluids are coupled. The aim of the course is to give you the basic tools to be able to understand, predict and eventually mitigate these interactions.

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  • This course covers how to model a problem, design an algorithm to solve it and propose the correct implementation. From problem to solution, this class combines pragmatic, practical and theoretical approaches in computer science.

  • This MOOC presents the major themes and issues in current research of the infinitely small and infinitely big, as well as the associated instruments, technologies and applications.

  • This Mathematics MOOC is designed to support students in the transition from high school to further education.

  • The methods and tools employed in mathematical reasoning are a crucial part of a student’s toolbox. Much more than just arithmetical ability, the quality and rigor involved in reasoning are the cornerstone for solving any exercise, problem or demonstration. Learning the right methods and practices in reasoning early on allows for easier integration into higher education and provides a solid base for following your curriculum.

    This Mathematics MOOC meets the dual goal of supporting you in the transition from high school to further education, and allowing you to revise and consolidate the knowledge you gained from the first year of your Grande École preparatory class or university study.

    Its approach is to give you a gradual introduction to mathematical reasoning, from the most basic notions right through to more complex concepts.

    This four-week course is divided into theory sessions, which use explanatory videos and hands-on exercises in order to progress step by step.

    The assessments proposed at the end of the module ensure that students have mastered the concepts observed and practiced in class. The discussion forum is a great space for collective learning.

  • This Physics MOOC, made up of five modules, was designed to support you in the transition from high school to further education.

    Go on a journey through video from classical physics to Einstein and Bohr, examining fields such as electricity, waves, point mechanics and optics.

    This will be your opportunity to review the essential concepts covered in your high school physics classes, gain new theoretical and practical skills, and develop useful mathematic techniques for physics.

    You will also use practices that are fundamental in the study of physics, like solving “open” problems and developing computer programs using Python.