GEOL130 - The Nature of Scientific Inquiry

Table of Contents

Syllabus

Topic 1 - What is Science?

Topic 2 - The Origins of Science

Topic 3 - How Do We 'Do' Science?

Topic 4 - Greek Science After 500 Years

Topic 5 - Paradigms and Paradigm Shifts

Topic 6 - The Scientific Dark Ages?

Topic 7 - The First Revolution - Astronomy of Copernicus/Galileo

Topic 8 - The Second Revolution - Motion from Galileo to Newton

FIRST MIDTERM EXAM

Topic 9 - The Nature of Light and the Special Theory of Relativity

Topic 10 - The General Theory of Relativity

Topic 11 - Changing Perspectives on the Age of the Earth and Solar System

Topic 12 - Big Bang, A New Dynamic Universe

Topic 13 - Earth Structure/Plate Tectonics

Topic 14 - Cultural/Historic Influences on Paradigm Shifts II (19th-20th Century)

Topic 15 - The Origin of Ideas About the Nature of Matter

Topic 16 - Ideas About the Nature of Matter - the Bohr Atom

SECOND MIDTERM EXAM

Topic 17 - A Real Quantum Mechanical View of Matter

Topic 18 - The Double-Slit Experiment, Causality, and Schroedinger's Cat - The 'Unreality' of

Quantum Mechanics

Topic 19 - Black Holes, QM, and the Universe

Topic 20 - The Effects of 20th Century Science on Non-Science

Topic 21- An Introduction to Chaos Theory - A Paradigm for the 21st Century

Topic 22- Fractals - One View of Chaotic Behavior

Topic 23 - Chaos - One Face of Nonlinear Dynamics

Topic 24 - The (Nonlinear) Dynamic Earth - Examples of Chaos Around Us

 

THIRD MIDTERM EXAM

 

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