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Physics (PHYS)
120 Willamette, 541-346-4751
College of Arts & Sciences
Course Data
  PHYS 156M   Scientific Revolutions >3 4.00 cr.
Surveys several major revolutions in our views of the natural and technological world, focusing on scientific concepts and methodological aspects. For nonscience majors. Multilisted with GEOL 156M.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Bothun GE-mail Office:   415 Willamette Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-2569
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  27059 3 22 1600-1750 mw 254 STB Bothun G  

Final Exam:

1445-1645 r 3/17 254 STB
Academic Deadlines
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January 3:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 10:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 10:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded)
January 11:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 11:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 13:   Add this course
January 13:   Last day to change to or from audit
January 17:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
January 24:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
January 31:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
February 21:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
February 21:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
This course will examine scientific revolutions that have dramatically altered the ways in which we view the world. Our discussions will explore major concepts (including quantum mechanics, evolution, plate tectonics, and chaos theory) central to a diverse group of scientific disciplines. Discussions will focus on understanding what these revolutions were, and what views they superseded. Students will gain an understanding of how science generates questions and defines the questions it investigates, while considering scientific revolutions in their respective historical contexts. We will also explore the technological and societal consequences of these revolutions, in order to understand the role of scientific discoveries in shaping our lives.

This course will satisfy the requirements of "Science Group" courses. It introduces students to foundational constructs found in several interrelated scientific disciplines—plate tectonics (geological sciences); quantum mechanics (chemistry, physics); evolution (biology, biophysics); and chaos theory (essentially all sciences). It will develop students’ scientific reasoning abilities, introduce basic methods of data visualization and mathematics. It is not restricted to science majors. It is not a laboratory-only course.

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