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 2012 is to examine the field of robotics through hands-on projects based on the Arduino system. 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.

If you are interested in some presentations designed to explore this frontier watch the following videos:

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/a_robot_that_flies_like_a_bird.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/rodney_brooks_on_robots.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/michael_shermer_on_believing_strange_things.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/catherine_mohr_surgery_s_past_present_and_robotic_future.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/paul_root_wolpe_it_s_time_to_question_bio_engineering.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/caleb_chung_plays_with_pleo.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/heather_knight_silicon_based_comedy.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/juan_enriquez_shares_mindboggling_new_science.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/pranav_mistry_the_thrilling_potential_of_sixthsense_technology.html

Syllabus

Previous GSCI101 fall 2011

Interesting physics book: http://muller.lbl.gov/teaching/physics10/PffP_textbook/PffP-01-energy-2008.pdf

 

IMPORTANT DATES

1

Test 1

23-Feb-2012

2

Test 2

April

3

Final

Need to discuss

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.

Brief summary of material presented

WK

Day

TOPIC

1

Tuesday

Overview of the course: Science Content, Hands-on. Tues lectures are devoted to content, Thursday to programming

Thurs2

 

 

Thursday

Passed out arduino. downloaded software on groups laptops. took example (blinking LED) and downloaded it. Changed the program so it had different ON/OFF. Introduced a variable.

 

2

Tuesday

motion:vectors, vector addition (graphical only), 1-d motion (plotting and relationship between the plots). Position, velocity, acceleration.

Average values vs instantaneous.

 

 

Thursday

used batteries (1.5V) to generate 1.5v (1 bat), 3V (2 bat), 4.5V (3 bat) used analog and digital inputs and the serial monitor to explore the use of inputs.

 

 

3

Tuesday

NOCLASS

 

Thursday

Added if statements.  Introduced logic (T/F).  Introduced breadboards and power supplies. Used voltmeters (some).

4

Tuesday

MY GOAL čFORCE NEWTON’S LAWS

However several questions led us to  a thorough review of vector addition.

 

Thursday

PWM, Three color LEDs, fading.

5

Tuesday

Newton’s Laws, Types of forces: normal, rope, gravity, spring, buoyant, friction, external (push  or pull from a person).

 

Thursday

More PWM and soldering

6

Tuesday

No class

 

Thursday

Energy handout, energy reading, motors

7

 

TEST1

8

Tuesday

review test

 

Thursday

Start mouniting motors/ wheels/drivers/power

 

 

 

9

Tuesday

E&M fundamentals

 

Thursday

Continue: mobile robot

10

Tuesday

continue fundamentals, fields E&B, sources, forces

 

Thursday

Finish our mobile robots and let them dance

11

Tuesday

Circuits

 

Thursday

Add switches for wall sensors, pots for parameter adjustment.

12

Tuesday

circuits

 

 

switches

13

 

review

 

 

test

14

 

test returned/ feedback in control

 

 

finish robots switches and motion

15

 

read feedback chapter 1

feedback in controlling systems 

sections

  • 1.1,
  • 1.2,
  • 1.3 only
    • Early Tech. ex.,
    • instrumentation,
    • robotics and Int. Mach.,  
  • 1.4,
  • 1.5 ONLY
    • on off control

23-Ap-12

feedback

 

I am willing to consider alternate exam blocks.  If you have concerns please let me know.

 

In order for each group to receive credit for the robotics building I need to see the robot move and detect a wall.

 

 

Previous GSCI101 fall 2011   Postings from previous semester may be of interest

 

WEEK1: Policy          Week 1 topics

WEEK2: MOTION    Week 2 topics

WEEK3: NO CLASS  Week 3 topics

WEEK4: FORCE        Week 4 topics

WEEK5: FORCE       

WEEK6: NO CLASS 

WEEK6:           Week 6 ENERGY SUMMARY

 

energy  reading assigned for week 6.

 Energy chapter from Physics for Future Presidents

 Power point

 

 

 

WEEK7:           Test Thursday  (PHYS-CHEM 2312)

WEEK8:           Basic E&M

WEEK9:           Week 9 topics  Fundamentals

WEEK10:         Week 10 topics Circuits, potentials

 

WEEK13: test

Final material     feedback in controlling systems 

sections

 

 

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.