GSCI101 General Science COURSE

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This is a course designed to satisfy the goals and objectives for Cluster 3 (Mathematics and Science). These ideas will be explored by examining the current state of  robotics. The successful development of machines capable of completing complex tasks as autonomous entities or as remotely controlled machines requires input from all science and mathematics.  From the examination of biological systems that provide nature’s solutions to various engineering problems to the complex mathematics and engineering that are used to solve problems for flight, robotics provides an excellent overriding theme.

The plan for the fall of 2011 is to examine the field of robotics by weekly viewing TED talks or other available lectures (at home).  Lectures will then attempt to address some of the basic science as well as discussions of any material assigned. 

Since this a new version of  this course there may be adjustments made during the semester to address student feedback and the instructor’s perception of the effectiveness of  the methods employed.

We may be entering the “Age of Robots”.  Significant advancements in both the mechanical and computing arenas seem to be opening a door for significant advancements.  Whether or not the field continues to grow and profoundly impact our daily lives or encounter difficulties that delay progress, this seems to be an ideal time to see where we are and where we are going.  A true appreciation of these developments will require some mastery of basic science.  To appreciate the challenges and the dramatic achievements one needs to have some grasp of the essence of science and mathematics.  Therefore students can expect to grapple with basic notions such as motion, force, energy, materials, and computing.

Syllabus

 

IMPORTANT DATES

1

Test 1

Tuesday Oct. 11, 2011

2

Test 2

Thursday Nov. 17, 2011

3

Final

Thursday Dec 15, 2011   8:00 AM

 

Outline:  ------------------------------------------

DRG will try to put some outlines and comments about each week’s work.  It may not be possible to keep the web site up-to-date so notes taken in class may be necessary to kep track of all of the material covered.

WEEK1: Assigned the first TED talk video (see Lon Capa ).

Policy quiz should be completed.

Week 1 topics

 

WEEK2: Two assigned videos (see Lon Capa). One video will examine some of the ways robots can be used. The second video introduces the skeptical scientist and the evaluation of various ideas through the lens of science.

Week 2 topics

 

WEEK3: One video, finish chapter 1. Problem set due end of September. Finish chapter 2 Newton’s laws

Week 3 topics

 

 

 

Week 4 topics  one video, start chapter three finish momentum start energy. Energy will be the important topic for this chapter.

A very good discussion of energy can be found in -Physics for Future Presidents- a pdf version of this chapter can be found online.

Energy chapter from Physics for Future Presidents

 

 

Week 5 topics  Supplemental reading rather than a video.

 Energy chapter from Physics for Future Presidents

 Power point  (didn’t work in class)

 

 

 

 

 

Week 6 topics Continue with energy (video see Lon Capa)

 

 

Week 7 topics  Test Tuesday, no classThursday

 

Week 8 topics Start Electricity and Magnetism. [Chapters 8,9] (video see Lon Capa)

Cover some aspects of the basic interaction: electric force, magnetic force, charge, magnetic poles, Maxwell’s equations pictorially, fundamental particles and charge (electron)…

Cover some aspects of the applications: current, voltage, resistance, circuit diagrams …

 

Week 9 topics  Conclude fundamental ideas of E&M and more on circuits and applications to robots. (video see Lon Capa)

Handout explaining the requirements for E&M basics 

 

Week 10 topics Work with electric circuits  (video see Lon Capa)

 

Week 11 topics continue circuits and discuss electric signals (video see Lon Capa)

 

Week 12 topics  add some AC and time dependent signal discussion

 

Test 2   

 

 

Week 13 topics  final video (algorithms),  returned test, cancelled Thursday class

 

Reading assignment  PDF version    

Feedback Systems

An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers

Karl Johan Aström, Richard M. Murray     PDF version 

 

 

Week 14 topics

 

Final exam will be comprehensive covering both mechanics (forces, Newton’s laws), E&M with and emphasis on electric circuits (E and B fields, circuits) and an overview of robots (control, sensors, algorithms).

I will include an optional part that will follow the same form as in the previous two tests and ask specific questions about the videos viewed and the assigned readings.  The reading on control will be covered in the required section of the final.

 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

 

9:30-10:45
HHS 203

 

9:30-10:45
HHS 203

 

 

29-Aug

30-Aug

31-Aug

1-Sep

2-Sep

 

1

 

Intro

 

Bird Robot Video

 

1

 

 

Chapt 1

 

Robot parts

 

 

 

Week 1

 

 

5-Sep

6-Sep

7-Sep

8-Sep

9-Sep

 

2

 

video

 

Mechanics

 

2

 

R. Brooks, military

Force, Motion, Energy

 

 

Week 2

 

 

12-Sep

13-Sep

14-Sep

15-Sep

16-Sep

 

3

 

video

 

Mechanics

 

3

 

Surgery, Mohr

Force, Motion, Energy

 

 

Week 3

 

 

19-Sep

20-Sep

21-Sep

22-Sep

23-Sep

 

4

 

video

 

Mechanics

 

4

 

Wolpe, bio

Force, Motion, Energy

 

 

Week 4

 

 

26-Sep

27-Sep

28-Sep

29-Sep

30-Sep

 

5

 

reading

 

Mechanics

 

5

 

Energy

 

Force, Motion, Energy

 

 

Week 5

 

 

3-Oct

4-Oct

5-Oct

6-Oct

7-Oct

 

6

 

no viewing assigned

 

Mechanics

 

6

 

 

 

 

Force, Motion, Energy

 

 

 

Week 6

 

 

10-Oct

11-Oct

12-Oct

13-Oct

14-Oct

 

 

 

test

 

No Class

 

7

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 7

 

 

17-Oct

18-Oct

19-Oct

20-Oct

21-Oct

 

8

 

no viewing assigned

 

E&M

 

8

 

 

 

 

basics, circuits

 

 

Week 8

 

 

24-Oct

25-Oct

26-Oct

27-Oct

28-Oct

 

9

 

video

 

E&M

 

9

 

 

Chung&Night, toys

 

basics, circuits

 

 

Week 9

 

 

31-Oct

1-Nov

2-Nov

3-Nov

4-Nov

 

10

 

video

 

E&M

 

10

 

 

Enriques, adv.bio.

 

basics, circuits

 

 

Week10

 

 

7-Nov

8-Nov

9-Nov

10-Nov

11-Nov

 

11

 

video

 

E&M

 

11

 

 

Mistry, 6th

 

basics, circuits

 

 

Week 11

 

 

14-Nov

15-Nov

16-Nov

17-Nov

18-Nov

 

12

 

no viewing assigned

 

TEST 2

 

12

 

 

study for test

 

 

 

 

Week12

 

 

21-Nov

22-Nov

23-Nov

24-Nov

25-Nov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28-Nov

29-Nov

30-Nov

1-Dec

2-Dec

 

13

 

Video& reading

 

robotics

 

13

 

 

 

 NO CLASS

 

 

Week 13

 

 

5-Dec

6-Dec

7-Dec

8-Dec

9-Dec

 

14

 

no viewing assigned

 

robotics

 

14

 

 

study for final

 

 

 

 

week 14

 

 

12-Dec

13-Dec

14-Dec

15-Dec

16-Dec

 

 

Thursday 8-10AM

 

 

 

EXAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19-Dec

20-Dec

21-Dec

22-Dec

23-Dec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LON CAPA ******* 

Homework, quizzes and assignments will be provided on line through the LON CAPA system.  If a student encounters problems he/she should email Dr.Giovanetti with a brief  description of the problem.  Assignments and quizzes can be reset provided there is timely notification.