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Nancy L Kool
B CUSP 101
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core I: Composition

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.

Class description

Students in this writing (composition) course are simultaneously enrolled in Calculus I (BCUSP 124, taught by Alex Barchechat). Together our courses actually make up one, highly integrated Discovery Core I experience. Throughout the quarter, students will write – both formally and informally – in and about their calculus assignments, in a way that reinforces understanding of calculus as a powerful tool for modeling and measuring processes involving change. In addition, student writing assignments (including 3 formal essays) will explore the amazing (and long-lasting) international feud between the colorful co-founders of calculus (Newton and Leibniz); the birth of modern economics as seen in early theories of population growth; the future of global food production in the 21st century; and how calculus enabled the Industrial Revolution and changed the balance of global power. Learning to write about graphs and rates of change using key calculus concepts, students will also be mastering the methods and conventions of effective college writing.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nancy L Kool
Date: 06/08/2010