The success of a course like 6.002x is based on capturing students attention. Anant Agarwal and his team have become masters of their craft.
Just in the very first week lecture they proved everybody how funny they could be. After characterizing several electronic components they crossed the line to characterize a pickle. That is right: a pickle!
If MIT guys could have fun with a pickle why we couldn't have as well? So I decided to replicate the burning of a pickle experiment.
The result was great. Everybody had a little of fun. It gave me a lot of happiness to see faces full of joy. The burning of a pickle was able to capture the attention of our almost-retired technician.