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Fall '00 Course Guide

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Courses in RC Natural Science (Division 875)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

Open courses in RC Natural Science

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Most RC courses are open to LS&A students and may be used to meet distribution requirements. In most instances, RC students receive priority for RC course waitlists.

RC sections of LS&A Courses

These sections will be letter graded for all students Math 115 Section 110 Analytical Geometry & Calculus. See Math 115.

RC Nat. Sci. 214/Physics 214. The Physicists and the Bomb.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): T. Michael Sanders (

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school mathematics. (4). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage:

In this course we will consider the role played by physicists and others in the development of the Atomic Bomb, its precursors, and its aftermath. It deals with technical, political, and ethical aspects of this episode, and also its impact on literature, language, film, and popular culture. Some of the principal players, including J. Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller, continue to interest authors and audiences.

The story will include: The First World War (introduction of aerial warfare and poison gas); European inter-war developments (rise of fascism); "Modern" physics (from the discoveries of X-rays and radioactivity to nuclear fission and fusion); the Manhattan project/building the Bomb, the decision to drop the Bomb; Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the Cold War and McCarthy; Big Science; the decision to build the H-Bomb; the Soviet nuclear program; Spies; "In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer". the nuclear arms race; proliferation; Nuclear Power; the post Cold War period.

Readings are drawn from primary and secondary sources, and will include film and video presentations. There will be quizzes, research papers, and student class presentations.

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RC Nat. Sci. 250. Ecology, Development, and Conservation in Latin America.

Section 001 Ecology, Conservation, and Development of the New World Tropics. THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN SPANISH.

Instructor(s): Delacerda

Prerequisites & Distribution: Reading and listening proficiency in Spanish; high school biology or environmental science. (4). (NS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will explore the interactions between ecological conservation and development, their constraints and history, We will analyze the socio-economic aspects derived from the South-North unbalance and its effect on the environment for Third World nations, mainly in the American Tropics. We will focus on such environmental problems and their link to the underlying social and political issues, cutting across topics on health, agricultural practices, development, economics, social justice, and conservation of natural ecosystems. Basic notions on plant biology, tropical ecology and ecological restoration will be given, including lab sessions at the Bot. Gardens. Special attention will be given to the role of biotechnology and globalization. Lectures, discussions, half of the readings a s well as student essays and research papers, including a final oral presentation, will all be in Spanish. Requirements: Two high school Science courses and one Spanish Readings course, or equivalent.

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RC Nat. Sci. 419/Physics 419/Public Policy 519/NR&E 574. Energy Demand.

Instructor(s): Marc Ross

Prerequisites & Distribution: Basic college economics and senior standing. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Physics 419.001.

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