Welcome to the First-Year tutorial: Machines, Space, and Topology.

Course Information

  • Syllabus here and also on Pweb.
  • Schedule here and also on Pweb.
  • Deliverables and due dates on Gradescope; class materials on Pweb.

Course Description

What is a machine’s space of action? Why may we see a machine’s movements as communicative acts? In this Tutorial, we will explore space and topology to investigate how a machine’s design impacts its actions. More specifically, we will examine self-operating machines that reveal progressively intricate actions, as presented in the book Vehicles by Valentino Braitenberg. Inquiries will help us tell stories of how to connect machines, space, and communicative acts. In this Tutorial, you will apply analytical thinking skills and develop your computational intuition.