“The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.” — Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering
Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or simply a curious person that wants to learn, you'll find a wealth of insight and inspiration in MIT OpenCourseWare.
What is OCW?
OCW is a free and open publication of material from thousands of MIT courses, covering the entire MIT curriculum. That's every MIT department and degree program, and ranging from the introductory to the most advanced graduate level. Each OCW course includes a syllabus, some instructional material (such as lecture notes or a reading list), and some learning activities (such as assignments or exams). Many courses also have complete video lectures, free online textbooks, and faculty teaching insights. While some OCW content is custom-created for online use, most of it comes straight from the MIT classroom.
How do I use OCW?
There's no signup, no enrollment, and no start or end dates. The entire OCW collection is always here for you. Freely browse and use it at your own pace.
Knowledge is your reward. We don't offer credit or certificates for using OCW. Instead, use OCW to guide your own life-long learning, or use OCW to teach others.
OCW is made for sharing. Download and save files and complete courses for later. Send them to friends and colleagues. Modify or remix OCW content for any non-commercial use (just remember to credit OCW as the source). It's all good, per the terms of our Creative Commons license.
With thousands of courses to choose from, where to begin? Some popular starting points include:
These and many other options are under the 'Find Courses' and 'Featured Sites' tabs on the top menu bar.
When you find a course of interest, begin by skimming the syllabus and calendar. This tells you the course goals, key topics, and the sequence of what is taught and studied.
Then it's up to you to decide what and how you'd like to learn. Study a course from beginning to end, or select a concept or two from several different courses. You’re free to follow your own curiosity!
For more inspiration, read OCW Stories from students and self-learners.
The OCW Educator portal features two ways to find OCW content that's of special interest to teachers.
- Search by Instructional Approach to find courses by teaching strategy, from “Active Learning” and “Assessment” to “Instructional Design” and “Teaching Problem Solving.” Discover how individual MIT faculty have applied these concepts, and use their insights to inform your own practice.
- Search by Teaching Materials opens OCW’s vast library of resources to targeted queries by content type. Find new examples, explanations, and simulations to make concepts come to life in your classroom. Enrich your students’ experience with OCW images, lecture slides, and videos. All these resources come straight from the classrooms of MIT’s leading researchers and teachers. Because OCW is Creative Commons licensed, you can freely adapt OCW materials for your own teaching.
High school teachers should also explore OCW's Highlights for High School, a collection of OCW and other resources curated to enhance your classroom experience, guide preparations for AP exams, and enrich your students' learning.
For more inspiration, read these educators' OCW stories.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I register to use MIT OpenCourseWare?
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- Can I get credit or certification for learning with MIT OpenCourseWare?
- OCW does not offer any degree, credit or certification. For online courses with certificates of completion, visit MITx on edX.
- Why doesn't every MIT OpenCourseWare course offer video lectures?
- We know that video lectures are important. In recent years, OCW has substantially increased its video content. However, the high cost of video production means we can only provide video for some of the courses we publish. Your donation can help fund more video.
- Why doesn't every course have solutions to assignments, quizzes, and exams?
- OCW only publishes content that instructors are willing to share on our freely accessible website. Sometimes instructors hold back certain course materials, such as the solutions to homework assignments so they can use the assignments in their future teaching.
- Can you suggest a sequence of courses to study?
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- How do I get a copy of the course pack or readings for a particular course?
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Ocean Wave Interaction with Ships and Offshore Energy Systems (13.022)
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Lecture Notes, Student Work
A student in Professor Martin Culpepper's Course 2.72 Elements of Mechanical Design races to work down a steel rod with the lathe his team made as part of a final challenge.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT embodies the motto "mens et manus" — mind and hand.
One of the six founding courses of study at MIT, Mechanical Engineering embodies the motto “mens et manus” — mind and hand. Disciplinary depth and breadth, together with hands-on discovery and physical realization, characterize our nationally and internationally recognized leadership in research, education, and innovation. MIT mechanical engineers have always stood at the forefront in tackling the engineering challenges of the day: inventing new technologies, spawning new fields of study, and educating generations of leaders in industry, government, and academia.
Research and Innovation
Today, mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and most versatile of the engineering professions. This is reflected in the portfolio of current research and education activities in the department, one that has widened rapidly in the past decade. Our faculty and students are involved in projects that aim to bring engineering solutions to a spectrum of global challenges, including the development and design of:
- Clean and renewable energy technologies, including research in photovoltaics, wind energy, fuel cells, thermoelectrics, and carbon capture
- New thermal and membrane technologies required for water purification and desalination
- Instrumentation, controls, and other technologies required for medical therapies and biomedical exploration
- Vehicles, acoustics, and control systems for underwater exploration and environmental monitoring
- Structured materials and advanced technologies for protection and security of our first responders and soldiers
- Precision devices, machines, and robotics
To meet these challenges, research in the department is coordinated across seven collaborative disciplinary thrust areas:
Our undergraduate programs combine a broad-based education in the engineering sciences with project-based laboratory and design subjects to give graduates a strong grounding in quantitative, problem-solving, design, and communications skills. MechE majors may choose from three SB degree programs, including the traditional mechanical engineering degree, the flexible Course 2-A engineering degree, or the joint mechanical engineering/ocean engineering degree. For more information about our undergraduate programs, please visit:
The Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering creates a community of top-notch scholars by bringing together faculty members and graduate students with a common interest in innovation, creativity, and advanced professional study. MechE offers the research-oriented Master of Science (SM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, or the equivalent Doctor of Science (ScD) degree. Additionally, the Department offers a joint SM and PhD degree program in oceanographic engineering, and a Naval Construction and Engineering program that enrolls officers from the US Navy and navies from around the world. The Department also partners with the MIT Sloan School of Management for both the dual-degree Leaders for Global Operations program (LGO) and the Ocean Systems Management program.
We also offer professional degrees that emphasize comprehensive learning with broad applicability to industry. These degrees include the Master of Engineering in Manufacturing (MEng), Mechanical Engineer (ME), and Naval Engineer (NE).
For more information about our graduate programs, please visit: