SCI 123   Paint & Examination of Paintings

Simeen Sattar

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3:00 pm -5:00 pm

3:00 pm -6:00 pm

HEG 204

ROSE 205


This course is about the composition of pigments, dyes and paints, the chemistry underlying selected techniques (e.g. Attic vase and fresco painting), and scientific methods for examining paintings, with an emphasis on case studies.  As light and atoms and molecules are central to paints and techniques for examining paintings, the course begins with these foundational topics.  Laboratory work includes synthesis and analysis of pigments and dyes, preparation of binders and paints, and fresco painting.  Students pre-registered for the course undertake to review selected topics from high school chemistry and take an online quiz before the start of the semester to assess their understanding.  Class size: 18



SCI 143   Starlight

Simeen Sattar

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8:30 am - 10:30 am

8:30 am - 11:30 am

HEG 106 /



No space probe has gone anywhere near a star besides the Sun, yet we have a pretty good idea of what stars are made. Our understanding of the composition of stars comes from close examination of starlight (by a process resembling Newton’s decomposition of sunlight into its colors) and our modern understanding of atoms and molecules.  This course is about the analysis of starlight: what it tells us about the composition of stars, their temperatures and their motions.  We start with inquiring into the nature of light and the structure of atoms and molecules and their energy levels.  This understanding will be applied to light coming from stars and other astronomical objects.  Laboratory experiments involve the use of spectrophotometers to study light emitted, absorbed and reflected by atoms and molecules. Although the course is intensive, no mathematics beyond algebra is required.

Class size: 18



SCI 162   Cosmology

Peter Skiff

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1:30 pm -2:50 pm

HEG 102


Cross-listed: Science, Technology & Society The course will be a descriptive review of the astrophysical theories of the origin and development of the early universe. The “standard model”, the so-called “big bang theory” will be examined in detail, with attendant evidence and theories of particles, fields, energy and entropy, and space-time geometry. Current models of supernovae, quasars, black and white holes, dark matter, quantum foam, and recent alternative models of super symmetry and superstrings will be reviewed. Various historical notions of time, space, matter, and cause will frame the discussions. No prior experience in collegiate science is required. This course can be taken for divisional credit, but does not meet the requirement for mathematics/computation (MATC) or laboratory experience (SCI).  Class size: 40



SHP 223   Physical Science After Newton

Peter Skiff

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3:10 pm -4:30 pm

HEG 102


Cross-listed:  Science, Technology & Society (core course)  A survey of major agendas of physical science since 1750. Characteristic episodes include Lavoisier and the theory of elements; Maxwell and the mathematization of physics; arguments about light from Newton, Young, Michelson, and Einstein; twentieth-century atomic theory; and the emergence of "big science”.  Class size: 25