This course will introduce students to current topics and practices in science. Students will use Scientific America, Discover, Science News and other scientific magazines to choose topics to explore in depth. This course emphasizes science literacy and provides the tools for a basic understanding of scientific developments and their potential consequences. Topics covered include the mechanisms of scientific discovery, the impact of scientific discoveries on society, science and ethics, and the tools of contemporary science. The lab component of this course will focus on developing laboratory techniques to study scientific topics of interest to the students. This may include concepts from chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology or physics. Instead of the standard science laboratory exercises, which are used to reinforce the scientific content, students will determine topics of interest in their world and develop the apparatus to study these concepts.
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