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Examines biological structures and processes from the level of molecules to ecosystems. The course is designed to provide a factual and methodological overview of the field, emphasizing the unit of life, genetics, evolution, classification of organisms in the Kingdoms of life and ecology. The practicals offer hands-on experience with the organisms, equipment and protocols used by biologists to determine cell/animal structures, isolate DNA, produce genetically modified organisms, track the spread of diseases, and identify suspects from crime scenes. The course is intended for non-science majors.
Prerequisites: GE105. Co-requisites: GE106. Credits: 4
Brief review of fundamentals including stoichiometry, atomic structure, and chemical bonding. Other topics include thermo chemistry, gas laws, properties of solution, and inorganic coordination compounds. Intended primarily for science/engineering majors.
Prerequisites: None. Credits: 4
The course will focus on conceptual aspects starting from the origin and the future or our universe and ending with the structure of our planet. Mathematical background is not a prerequisite. The course will examine the following subjects: (i) Big bang - How the universe was born and what is its fate, (ii) The first moments of the infant universe, (iii) Galaxies and stars, (iv) Our solar system, (v) Earth - formation and structure, (vi) Earthquakes, volcanos, and (vii) Climate, weather, and climate crisis. Prerequisites: None Credits: 3
The course will investigate the conceptual aspects of modern scientific theories and their effect in every-day life and technology. The course does not require mathematics and focuses on how science works and why scientific reasoning is an essential skill for everyone. Indicative subjects to be discussed by referring to news headlines, viral posts are: (i) Computer and laser technologies (the quantum world), (ii) Nuclear technologies (events like Fukushima, energy from nuclear sources, weapons) (iii) Science and medical applications (CT scans, MRI, lasers, radiation) (iv) Relativity, black holes, wormholes, time-travel (a tribute to Einstein), (v) Hoax and conspiracy debunking (or why Earth is, actually, flat, why vaccines are our friends, and why birds are not drones). Prerequisites: None Credits: 3
Course focuses on basic and current understandings of physics’ problems and principles. Some of the topics to be studied include motion, forces, energy, and chemical reactions. Students will also be learning about machines, electricity, and magnetism. As students learn about each of the above mentioned topics, will be conducting laboratory activities. For these activities students will be paired with one or more of their classmates.
Introduction to Musical Acoustics covers basic physical principles of waves required to understand the phenomenon of music, the characteristics of musical instruments and sound effects of rooms/halls. It is addressed to anyone interested in the sciences behind music in a musician-friendly context. Basic concepts such as frequency, harmonics, and pitch, physics-based questions on such topics as music acoustics, stringed instruments, wind instruments, singing and electronic instruments will be discussed in lectures. Hands-on laboratory experiments and web-based exercises will supplement the lectures. Prerequisites: None Credits: 3