The Physical World of Animals and Plants
Fall 2013 quarter
In this program, we will explore a fascinating intersection of biology, mathematics and physics. Our program title and central questions are inspired by Vogel’s Life’s Devices: The Physical World of Animals and Plants . How do the laws of physics constrain the form, function, growth, motion and interactions of plants and animals? How do organisms take advantage of material and physical opportunities? What mathematical models can we develop by examining the biological and physical worlds, and how can those models help us to explain and predict behavior in those worlds?
This program welcomes students new to studying science at the college level and those looking for science as part of their broad general liberal arts education. This program is also intended to prepare students for further introductory study of science in programs such as Introduction to Natural Science and Models of Motion, Matter and Interaction, with particular attention to developing foundational skills in quantitative and scientific reasoning and an emphasis on modeling physical and biological situations. This program also welcomes students with a background in biology or physics, allowing them to apply, extend and integrate these areas, and exposing them to material not typically covered in separate treatments of biology and physics.
We will work to create a supportive and collaborative learning environment through interactive lectures, seminars, hands-on workshops and labs and field trips. Students will have the opportunity to improve their capacities as quantitatively and scientifically literate citizens, including work on their ability to read scientific texts, solve theoretical and applied problems, work in lab, interpret and create graphs, work collaboratively and communicate creatively and effectively. Students will develop and demonstrate their learning through in-class and homework assignments, short papers, quizzes and presentations.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day
|October 18th, 2012||This program has been cancelled. Students interested in these topics may also be interested in the program Introduction to Natural Science.|