2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Science Seminar

Fall quarter

Faculty: EJ Zita physics, mathematics, astronomy

Fields of Study: philosophy of science and physics

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10362 (4); 10380 (6)  Students may register for this course after their time ticket opens during regular registration.

Credits: 4, 6(F)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day

Prerequisites: good reading, writing, and thinking skills; willingness to work in teams and use computers.


In conjunction with Methods of Mathematical Physics, 15 students are invited to join our seminar for 4-6 credits. We will explore issues in modern physics such as cosmology, string theory, the "God particle" or Higgs boson, gravity and quantum mechanics. We will read about the beauty and importance of classical experiments, and equations such as E=mc 2. Science Seminar students will be able to interact with advanced students in physics and math. We will share our insights, ideas, and questions about the readings and our wonder about the universe. Students will write two essays and four peer responses, and will be expected to meet with their seminar team at least one day beforeeach class to post pre-seminar assignments. Learning goals include deeper qualitative understanding of physics and the scientific method, and improved skills in writing, teamwork, and communication.

Maximum Enrollment: 15

Advertised Schedule: 1-3p Fri

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

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