2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

Matter and Motion


Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters

Clyde Barlow (F,W) chemistry, instrumental analysis , Neil Switz physics, biomedical engineering, optical imaging and microscopy
Fields of Study
chemistry, mathematics and physics
Preparatory for studies or careers in
chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, medicine and health-care fields, engineering, and teaching.
This is a lower-division science program that is open to students of all class levels. Precalculus (algebra and trigonometry) is a prerequisite.  Background in chemistry and/or physics is desirable.  Students must complete a mathematics assessment test , available on the program website, to evaluate their level of preparation for the program.

Modern science has been remarkably successful in providing understanding of how natural systems behave. Such disparate phenomena as the workings of cell-phones, the ways in which we detect supermassive black holes in the galactic core, the use of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of disease, the effects of global carbon dioxide levels on shellfish growth, and the design of batteries for electric cars are all linked at a deeply fundamental level. This program will introduce you to the theory and practice of the science behind these and other phenomena, while providing the solid academic background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics necessary for advanced study in those fields as well as for engineering, medicine, and biology.

We will integrate material from first-year university physics, chemistry, and calculus with relevant areas of history and scientific literature.  The program will have a strong laboratory focus using computer-based experimental control and analysis to explore the nature of chemical and physical systems; this work will take place in a highly collaborative environment.  Seminars will provide the opportunity to explore the connections between theory and practice and will provide opportunities to enhance technical writing and communication skills. The program is intended for students with solid high-school level backgrounds in science and mathematics, but the key to succeeding will be a commitment to work, learn, and collaborate.

Academic Website
Schedule and Location
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
$150 Fall quarter for data collection software and supplies.  Students are encouraged to have a computer (ideally a laptop) with a USB2 port and common operating system such as Mac OSX, or Windows XP/Win7/Win8 PC.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
April 30th, 2013 Fall fee has increased from $100 to $150.
March 25th, 2013 New program added.