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Studies in Natural Science

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Studies in Natural Sciences

NS108 Material Science and Instrument Design

Explores the physical properties of a wide range of materials through applications, such as robotics, and the design of instrument parts via discussion and hands-on experience. Manufacture of assigned instruments and/or parts leads to an understanding of the tolerances that can be expected of common machinery, including a mill, lathe, and a CNC (computer numerical control) mill for the automation of tasks. The course will develop practical skills useful for experimental science or any discipline or trade that requires improvisation or prototyping. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 unit

NS109 The Material World (Writing Intensive)

Natural and synthetic materials; their properties, their functions in living and engineered structures, and the environmental impacts of their use. Applications to human-powered vehicles, lasers, superconductors, medical prostheses, and other systems familiar and exotic. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

NS160 Mathematics and Geology of the Great American Desert

A two block FYE course where the central goal is to educate students about the role of mathematics and geology in understanding the development of the Western United States, both naturally and via human intervention, including what this means for our future. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: High school algebra and trigonometry.

1 to 2 units