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What type of computing environment do I need for this course?You need to

have a computer running one of the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows,
version XP or greater (XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8); Apple OSX,
version 10.2 or greater; Linux, most distributions that have been released within the
past two years should work.

Which web browser should I use to access this course? All Students should
use Chrome or Firefox as their preferred browser. Safari is not supported.

What is the format of the class? The class will consist of lecture videos, which
are broken into small chunks, usually between eight and twelve minutes each. These
are associated with lecture questions, which are multiple choice. There are also four

How can I learn more about the course content? Please see Week 0.

Will the text of the lectures be available? Yes, transcripts of the course will be
made available.

How much does it cost to take the course? The course is free, and all
necessary materials will be provided.

Will certificates be awarded? Yes. Online learners who achieve a passing grade
in a course and obtain a Verification Upgrade can earn a certificate of mastery. These
certificates will indicate you have successfully completed the course, but will not
include a specific grade. Certificates will be issued by edX under the name of MITx,
designating the institution from which the course originated.

Who put this course together? The course you see here was developed by the
entire 4.605x MITx team comprised of MIT faculty, students and staff including: Mark
Jarzombek, PhD, Nick Polansky, Evelyn Ting, Felecia Davis, Samuel Ray Jacobson,
Claire Whitman, Caroline Alexander, Jordan Kauffman, and Sebastian Schmidt, with
assistance from MITx staff, MIT Academic Media Production Service (AMPS) and
associated vendors.