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* GSCI 101: Physics, Chemistry, & Human Experience
* co-taught with Prof. Costel Constantin
* see "GSCI101_SPRG201X" on Canvas
* e.g., syllabus 2014
Overview:

The course is taught in two parts, with the first half focusing on understanding how matter works at nanometer scale, and the second half on integrating this knowledge to trace the path by which we come to our understanding of the Universe. The tentative topics to cover include: atomic theory and models, states of matter, chemical bonds and chemical structure, metals and semiconductors as crystalline materials, as well as the constituents of our own Solar System, stars, the Milky Way and other galaxies. Prerequisite: MATH 103, MATH 107, MATH 205, MATH 220, MATH 231 or MATH 235.




Course Objectives:

-- understand that we live in a huge universe described by a relatively small number of rules, which we have figured out through scientific inquiry.
-- appreciate how scientific inquiry happens, particularly through the eyes of a physicist.
-- learn how these rules can help us understand nearly everything that happens in the Universe, and of course, around us, throughout our daily routines.
-- develop a life long interest in promoting science in general, and astronomy in particular (the icing on the cake!).












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