Networks Illustrated: Principles without Calculus
Princeton University
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assignment Level : Introductive
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What makes WiFi faster at home than at a coffee shop? How does Google order its search results from the trillions of webpages on the Internet? Why does Verizon charge $15 for every GB of data we use? Is it really true that we are connected in six social steps or less? These are just a few of the many intriguing questions we can ask about the social and technical networks that form integral parts of our daily lives. This course is about exploring the answers, using a language that anyone can understand. We will focus on fundamental principles like “sharing is hard”, “crowds are wise”, and “network of networks” that have guided the design and sustainability of today’s networks, and summarize the theories behind everything from the social connections we make on platforms like Facebook to the technology upon which these websites run. Unlike other networking courses, the mathematics included here are no more complicated than adding and multiplying numbers. While mathematical details are necessary to fully specify the algorithms and systems we investigate, they are not required to understand the main ideas. We use illustrations, analogies, and anecdotes about networks as pedagogical tools in lieu of detailed equations. All the features of this course are available for free. It does not offer a certificate upon completion.

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Syllabus

WEEK 1
Introduction
Power Control in Cellular Networks

WEEK 2
Random Access in Wifi Networks
PageRank by Google

WEEK 3
Product Rating on Amazon
Movie Recommendation on Netflix

WEEK 4
Midterm

WEEK 5
Viral Videos on YouTube
Influencing People in Social Networks

WEEK 6
Pricing Data
Routing Traffic through the Internet

WEEK 7
Controlling Congestion in the Internet
It's a Small World

WEEK 8
Final Exam

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Christopher Brinton
Lecturer
Electrical Engineering

Mung Chiang
Professor
Electrical Engineering

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Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. It is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution.
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