The Science of Physics (PHYS 001H) (GN)
Mr. Leo Takahashi, Assistant Professor of Physics
This discussion-based seminar examines the historical development and significance of physical science, with emphasis on the nature of physics and its role in modern life, at a conceptual level for students in non-technical majors. Course objectives include the development and appreciation of the historical role played by physics in the development of modern science and important cultural and societal issues as well as an understanding of the basic laws of nature as applied to everyday experience, natural phenomena, and application technologies, old and new.
Takahashi's Top Ten Reasons to Take Physics 001H
10. It's not Physics 007.
9. It's not a math-intensive problem-solving course.
8. Physics is not biology (no pathogens).
7. Physics is not chemistry (no bad smells).
6. Knowledge (of physics) is power.
5. Physics can tell you a little bit about how the physical world works.
4. Your body operates according to the laws of physics.
3. Applications of physics produced Clarke’s Third Law, i.e. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
2. The vision of the physical world that physics is, in its intellectual depth, complexity, and articulation, the most beautiful and wonderful collective work of the human mind.
1. Thinking and talking about physics is fun.
The Hero in World Literature (CMLIT 011U) (GH/IL)
Dr. Robin Bower, Associate Professor of Spanish
This course explores the way the figure of the hero/heroine functions as a vehicle for expressing social and cultural values in world literature. This seminar-style course is structured to emphasize student discussion. Course materials include literary texts from ancient to contemporary times, as well as films, graphic novels, and diverse cultural products.
Honors Freshman Composition (ENGL 030H) (GWS)
Dr. Kristen Olson, Associate Professor of English
Like English 15, English 30 is a first-year writing course. It is designed for qualified students who are selected based on SAT scores and high school performance and introduces the type of analytical writing expected at the college level in all disciplines. For students considering a career in research, medicine, law, or any academic discipline, English 30 is especially valuable. While writing is the primary focus, short stories and essays from important writers in Western civilization also comprise part of the course. Classes are held in a seminar-style and emphasize student input.