2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Science Seminar

Winter quarter

Faculty: EJ Zita physics, mathematics, astronomy

Fields of Study: philosophy of science and physics

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20234 (6)  

Credits: 6(W)

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 credits. We will explore issues in modern physics such as cosmology, string theory, gravity and quantum mechanics. We will read about the beauty and importance of experimental and theoretical physics/mathematics. There is no physics/math prerequisite for this program. Science Seminar students will interact with advanced physics/math students in seminar. We will share our insights, ideas, and questions about the readings and our wonder about the universe. Students will write approximately three essays and many peer responses, and will meet with their seminar team before each 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: 12:30-2:30p Fri

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

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