Laurie Joy Anderson
B CUSP 110
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, the role of technology in society, bioethics, or global and local health concerns through interdisciplinary investigation, and the disciplined scientific study of the natural world. Offered: A.
Big Science Ideas examines important discoveries in physics through explorations in history and basic mathematics. We 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 approach ideas analytically and construct cogent arguments and explanations.
• Appreciate how different approaches in thought result in different outcomes.
• Demonstrate reasoning and analytical skills through examples in the development of science.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Worksheets for each of the major science topics covered give students an opportunity to explore the ideas covered in more detail, to research beyond the concept covered in class and demonstrate their ability to synthesize their understanding.
Worksheets for each of the major science topics compose 70% of your grade. The rest is a citation/annotation project and a summary portfolio.