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10 of the Hardest Classes at Brown University

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Brown University offers one of the highest quality education in the country. Below are some difficult courses that will leave you speechless about the complexity of certain topics. Here is a list of 10 of the hardest classes at Brown University.

1. APMA 1360 - Topics in Chaotic Dynamics

Have you ever wondered about the relationship between differential equations and your morning latte? Applied mathematics is all about applying complex mathematical theory to our daily lives. You will look at differential equations and maps and study systems with complicated "chaotic" dynamics.  You will also discuss the several mathematical applications to climate, disease, and phase transitions .

2. NEUR 1540 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Exploring the human brain and human memory is never a simple concept to grapple with. This course will not only explore learning and memory from molecular perspectives but also from behavioral levels. You'll study examples from numerous brain areas and a variety of model systems, including humans.

3. CHEM 1560K - Computational Chemistry

When chemistry meets computer science, you get this course.  This course will provide with an introduction to computational tools for studying the structure of molecules, chemical bonding and chemical reactions. Because of its complexity, the course is intended for seniors and graduate students in all subdivisions of chemistry.

4. COLT 1814W - Repetition: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Freud

Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Freud did not offer easy concepts for humanity. In this literature course, you will study the concept and the textual practices of repetition. Also you will learn the relation between repetition and transcendence, history, memory and art. Good luck understanding complex ideas, German thought, and long sentences.

5. DATA 2020 - Probability, Statistics, and Machine Learning

Data science and machine learning has been the next hot topic nowadays with the resurgence of social media and with the spike in research. In this course, you will learn about topics in statistical learning including regression, classification, model selection, and causal inference. If you have no idea what the previous sentence meant, you are not alone. Take this class to learn more about how to handle big data and to learn more about machine intelligence.

6. PHIL 1880 - Advanced Deductive Logic

Philosophy is already hard to understand. Combine it with math and you'll have a super complex combo. This course provides an introduction to the metatheory of first-order logic and major "limitative" results, including the undecidability of first-order logic, the Gödel incompleteness theorems, and the undefinability in arithmetic of arithmetical truth. If you don't understand what these concepts mean, and you're curious about them ,this course is your ally. You will need the instructor's permission for this course.

7. CHEM 1560G - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

You will go over the basics of modern NMR spectroscopy in this course. This is a chemical tool that helps you define molecular compounds and study their characteristics. You will cover modern Fourier transform methodology, modern NMR instrumentation, and two-dimensional experiments .

8. CLPS 1492 - Computational Cognitive Neuroscience

In this course you will look at network models that explain how cognition manifests in the human brain and cells. You will start with basic biological and computational properties of individual neurons and networks of neurons. Then you will understand  functions of different brain systems like perception, attention, memory, language and higher-level cognition. This course also includes a lab component in which you will get hands on experience with graphical neural network software.

9. CHIN 0920C - The Changing Face of China: Advanced Reading in Chinese Media

Ever thought about China's role in the world nowadays?This course will give you advanced reading proficiency and formal oral and writing communication skills. You will listen and read up-to-date news, reports and commentaries from various Chinese media sources, such as TV broadcasts, newspapers, magazines, and websites. This will inform you on current economic, political, and educational issues in a rapidly changing China. Speaking Chinese is a pre-requisite.

10. BIOL 1425 - Phylogenetic Biology

Is Darwin your hero and are you interested in learning more about evolution? This course is the study of the evolutionary relationships between organisms, and the use of evolutionary relationships to understand other aspects of organism biology. You will learn the  statistical, mathematical, and computational tools for building phylogenies. Phylogenies are like a family tree, but for the family that is the different species on earth. You will need instructor permission for this course.Brown is a resourceful university that is not easy to get through. These are hard courses, however, the learning that you will gain through them is truly invaluable.

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