Laurie Joy Anderson
B CUSP 101
Offers an interdisciplinary approach to composition, including generating a compelling topic; the articulation of a thesis; the development of supporting evidence; the ability to draw conclusions from the evidence, clear organization of the essay, correct mechanics; awareness of audience, and knowledge of resources for research. Prerequisite: may not be taken for credit if previously earned a minimum grade of 2.0 B CUSP 114, B CUSP 134, or ENGL 131. Offered: A.
This course, along with BCUSP110, fulfills a composition requirement, while exploring important discoveries in physics through explorations in history, basic mathematics, and writing. We will examine seven big topics in science: the Copernican Revolution, Newtonian Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Einstein’s Special Relativity, the Uncertainty Principle, Quantum Mechanics, and the Big Bang.
Student learning goals
• Learn to build well-reasoned arguments while defending your viewpoint.
• Demonstrate your understanding in writing that follows structured patterns of reasoning.
• Write using clear and concise English.
General method of instruction
As a team-taught course, you will have instruction in both composition and science topics during the lecture times. Class time will also be spent with personal exploration of the lecture topic in established groups, on short field trips around campus, or in personal reflection writing short, small essays.
Basic mathematics needed, higher math requirements will be covered as needed in class.
Class assignments and grading
Writing assignments will be turned in twice as first and final versions, with the intent of learning a process of writing and revision. Writing assignments will be patterns of writing that work in concert with the science topics, including chronological (narration, description), deductive, inductive, and cause/effect.
Final grade based on class participation (including short essays), writing assignments, quizzes, and an open note, essay final.