Lectures and Screencasts
Screencasts (video and audio podcasts) replace class lectures. The lectures were recorded by Dr
Suthers based on his lecture note web pages that are now listed as the "Topic Notes"
(Notes/Topic-01.html, etc.), which we also call the "web notes".
- The screencasts focus on the most important points from the web notes and textbook, but do not
go into all of the details: you will still need to read the notes and/or the textbook for
some details. Rather, the screencasts present the most important aspects.
- The screencasts generally follow the same content and organization of the web notes, but I do
not use the web notes directly in the screencast except where they save a lot of time in
generating the screencast. They were generated using a screen drawing program (UltimatePen),
a Wacom tablet display, and a mixture of images from the lecture notes and my own
handwriting. (I also put in some of my photographs from around Hawaii to make it more
- What would have been a one hour-long lecture on each topic is split into 3-4 screencasts
averaging about 15 minutes each, so you can pick and review the parts you need the most.
- If you are using these screencasts in a class taught by another instructor, be sure to pay
attention to what that instructor emphasizes, as it may differ from the content of the
The intention is that you would first view the screencasts to get an introduction, and then look
over the web notes and the textbook for more detail. Since I following the web note content and
organization, the web notes essentially are a more nicely formatted version of what you saw me
write out by hand.
The screencasts are available for download in Laulima (be aware they may be taking up disk space
in your download folder if you use this format), and can also be streamed in YouTube
They are of resolution 800x600 because this is the resolution of the Wacom tablet and it is
sufficient for the kinds of drawings and math we are using. I recommend watching them at this
resolution rather than full screen. The exception is that I also provide 400x300 alternatives in
Laulima if you plan to save the screencasts and prefer to use less space.
MIT Online Lectures
Online lectures are also available from the textbook authors. These lectures were recorded in an
MIT classroom in 2005, and also broadcast to Singapore. They are chalk-on-whiteboard lectures, but
some of you may prefer this style of lecture. Just be aware that they are based on the second
edition of the book, and the authors emphasize different aspects of their book.
I found the same lectures on three sites (and there are surely
more). My preference would be for the VideoLectures.net version, but
your choice depends on your situation and preferences.
- - Audio is a little muffled
- - Not Subtitled
- + Powerpoint slides in parallel summarizing what is hand
written on the board
- + Topical index to jump to segments of video
MIT Open Courseware Site
- + Better audio
- + CC Subtitled (can turn on and off)
- + Has full text transcript
- - NO slides (you must read handwritten chalk in fuzzy video)
- - NO topical index
Nodari Sitchinava (based on material by Dan Suthers)