First Year Seminar (S)
Session
Regular Academic Session
Class Number
1197
Career
Undergraduate
Units
3 units
Grading
Graded
Topic
Paradigms and Paradoxes: An Attempt to Understand
Description
Class Attributes
First Year Seminar
Science (non-lab) (GEP)
Science (non-lab) (GFR)
Notes
First-Year Seminars are open to all students during their first year at UMBC. PARADIGMS AND PARADOXES: AN ATTEMPT TO UNDERSTAND THE UNIVERSE-There are at least two kinds of scientific activities: acquiring and generating data, and inquiring and generating general modes of understanding. The latter activities will dominate this course. The course contents include discussions of some remarkable features of the universe: the class discussions will require no more scientific background than gained from high school chemistry and mathematics. Some topics for the course follow. Matter doesn't collapse, shrink or disappear - it has size, weight, and sometimes shape. We take this for granted. Don¿t we? Positive and negative charges attract. The atomic nucleus is positive and electrons are negative. Why don't these parts of atoms get closer and closer and ¿ closer, and eventually collapse? In other words, we ask, not only why are atoms so small but also why are they so big? This topic is not merely philosophical. Questions of fuel efficiency and national defense arise as naturally as those of the existence of the universe. There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. There are 4 letters in the genetic code and some 100 chemical elements in the periodic table. There are millions of distinct words, individual types of organisms and chemical compounds. Are these numbers 26, 4 and 100 small or are they large? As such, our study includes the nature of language, information and life. Consider the number 3.14159265357988 ¿. Can you identify it? Answering this question should be as easy as pie. Hatmakers equate this number to 3. Is this a rational choice? Answering this question tells us about the nature of numbers, measurement, design, and industry, and also about the answerer.
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Class Details
Instructor(s)
Joel Liebman
Meets
MoWe 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Dates
08/28/2019 - 12/11/2019
Room
Meyerhoff Chemistry 272
Campus
Main Campus
Location
Univ of MD, Baltimore County
Components
Lecture Required
Class Availability
Status
Open
Seats Taken
16
Seats Open
4
Class Capacity
20
Wait List Total
0
Wait List Capacity
5