Science Honors Course – Fall Semester 2012

Spring 2013.

Dr Hoffman  Dr Potter  Dr Rowley  Dr Gaerte  Dr Lipscomb
Date  Lecture Topics In-class Activity Reading Assignment Due
Sep 3 M Welcome and Introduction What is Science?  Measurements, Differences between disciplines Panel Discussion, biology, chemistry, physics activities that illustrate types of measurement and basic data analysis representative of the disciplines
Introduction to Climate 
 Sep 4 T Intro to Climate Climatic zones, ecosystems, global climate patterns, biosphere & biomes Weather vs. Climate data analysis. Temperature data for Wellsville, NY
Sep 6 R Intro to Climate Change An Inconvenient Truth followed by discussion Discuss general impressions, compelling arguments, inaccuracies, communicating science to popular vs. technical audience Results of weather vs. climate analysis
Sep 10 M Greenhouse Effect Thermal radiation, solar spectrum, molecular absorption, energy balance Greenhouse effect lab Scientists respond to An Inconvenient Truth
Sep 11 T Intro to small groups Small group roles, leadership, problem solving, how to make groups more effective in-class group project
Introduction to writing in the liberal arts Why should scientists   write?  Using writing as a form of   inquiry. Discussion of the essay, "The Trouble with   Scientists" by Deborah Blum. Reading Quiz. ʺThe Trouble with Scientistsʺ   (Skloot 183-186). Reading questions. First Short Essay due (on Moodle) in response to the essay, "The Conversion of A Climate Change Skeptic," by Richard   Muller.
Unit 1 - Radiation and Energy
Sep 13 R Radiation and Energy Balance Energy spectrum of incoming and   reflected light, Stefan-Boltzman, albedo, Equilibrium T without atmosphere,   orbits and seasons, effects of atmosphere and clouds on albedo and greenhouse Numerical Calculation of   Temperature of Earth (Excel) - include variables like: solar flux, ice cover,   cloud cover, etc. 1.Radiation and Equilibrium 2.Radiation, Absorption and Equilibrium
Sep 17 Molecular Absorption of Radiation atmospheric profile and absorption of H2O, CO2, and O3 Model of Earth's Temperature - continued Chapter 6 - Chemistry of the Environment
Sep 18 T Intro to Balloon Project Types of balloons, typical measurements, project outline and budget
Intro to some basic techniques   of good writing. Writing concisely.  Using active verbs. Explaining complex   ideas simply. Discussion of the essay, "Gut Bacteria in Japanese   People Borrowed Sushi-Digesting Genes from Ocean Bacteria" by Ed Yong and the podcast episode, "Gut Feelings" by Radiolab. Reading quiz. "Gut Bacteria in Japanese   People" (Skloot 187-192).  Also, listen to the podcast: "Gut Feelings" (about 18 minutes long). Reading and Listening Questions. Be prepared to write a paragraph   in response to one of the reading discussion questions (of the Professor   Lipscomb's choosing).
Sep 20 R Project Day - Buoyancy and Balloon Kinetics Buoyancy, Ideal Gas, Laws of Motion Measure acceleration of balloons as function of size, payload, temperature, gas, and fluid. Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Buoyancy, and Ideal Gas Law Excel Model of Earth's Temperature due.
Sep 24 M Photosynthesis conversion of light energy to   biological energy, plants, bacteria, mechanisms respiration & PSN with   lettuce & light
Sep 25 T Introduction to Presentational Speaking speech anxiety, presentational styles, delivery delivery activity Read Engleberg part 7 (sections 21-23; pp. 102-118); Heath Introduction and chap. 1 (pp. 3-62) Come prepared to tell a joke or a short, humorous personal story. Practice it several times so you can tell it well.  Time limit:  1 minute
Beginning the research process. Finding a research topic. Discussion of the chapter "The Importance of   Getting Curious" by Bruce Ballenger; the essays "Hot Air" by   Charles Homans and "The Data Trail" by Tim Folger.  Reading Quiz. Exercise 1.3 in The Curious Researcher (40).  Get information about the Research Essay.
ʺThe Importance of Getting   Curiousʺ (Ballenger 23-49); ʺHot Airʺ (Skloot 50-62). ʺThe Data Trailʺ   (Skloot 193-203).  Reading Questions.
Be prepared to write a paragraph   in response to one of the reading discussion questions (of the Professor   Lipscomb's choosing).
Sep 27 R Habitats and Biomes ecology, aquatic & terrestrial biomes

Intro to Water Habitat

Freshwater vs saltwater (marine) systems

1. Buoyancy lab due.

2. Excel Model of position vs. time of balloon due.

Unit 2 -- Water 
Oct 1 M Intro to Chemical Equilibrium reactions, stoichiometry, moles, concentration, equilibrium, LeChatlier's principle, dissolved gases, solubility Determination of equilibrium constant for CO2 (g) -> CO2 (aq) Chapter 13 - Chemistry of the Environment
Oct 2 T UNIT TEST 1 
Starting the search. Finding sources: print, the   internet, interviews and surveys. Discussion of   the chapter, "Developing A Research Strategy" by Bruce Ballenger   and the essay "BP's Deep Secret's" by Julia Whitty. Reading quiz. Introduction of our reference   librarian.  In-class exercise in   evaluating sources. ʺDeveloping A Research Strategyʺ   (Ballenger 51-100).  ʺBP's Deep Secretsʺ (Skloot 82-104). Reading questions.
Be prepared to write a paragraph   in response to one of the reading discussion questions (of the Professor   Lipscomb's choosing). Bring 100-word description of your research topic to   class.
Oct 4 R Advanced Equilibrium pH, buffers,multiple equilibria, solubility of CaCO3, interaction of CO2 with oceans Measuring with pH meter Chapters 13 and 14 - Chemistry of the Environment

1. Initial balloon project proposal due.

2. Data and calculations for determination of equilibrium constant

Oct 8 M Exploration - Moss Lake field trip. temp, pH, CO2, O2, survey of organisms What question are you trying to answer?
Oct 9 T Process of speech preparation picking topics, determine speech purposes and types, developing thesis statements.  Discuss Presentation # 1 Read Engleberg parts 1-2 (sections 1-7; pp. 3-30); Heath chap. 3
Entering a conversation--starting to interact with your source   material. Note taking strategies.   Paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, avoiding plagiarism.  Grammar review. Paraphrase practice.  Summary practice.  Dialogic notetaking practice. Review of the   definition of plagiarism. ʺWriting in the Middleʺ   (Ballenger 101-141). Annotated bibliography of five   sources on your topic.
Oct 11 R Moss Lake Debrief / Water Cycle hydrological cycle, atmospheric circulations, oceanic circulation, precipitation Discussion of Moss Lake data and improvements
Oct 15 M Project - Water Maintenance of Aquaria Invertebrates Data analysis of Moss Lake
Oct 16 T C, N, P, O Cycles nitrogen, carbon, phosphorus, oxygen cycles & their interactions

Solubility/Equilibrium problem set due Answer Key

Oct 22 M Review of Equilibrium Project - Water
 Oct 23   T  UNIT TEST 2
A very drafty draft. Starting on the rough draft of your research paper. "A Dialogue with Dave" (an imagined reader).  Choosing the best structure: Delayed Thesis or Question-Claim?  Exercise for writing opening paragraphs. "Getting to the Draft" (Ballenger 143-160). The double-entry journal or research log due.
Unit 3 -- Interactions
Oct 25 R Convection - Air and Water Coriolis, pressure, Ekman layers, buoyancy, tides
Water Convection
Oct 29 M Project - Water Review of hypothesis Selection of invertebrates
Oct 30 T Audience analysis demographic and psychographic analysis commercials Read Engleberg part 3 (sections 8-9; pp. 31-46)

1) prior to class, locate some surveys, public opinion polls, quotes, etc. that help explain what people think about climate change and global warming.  Do they think it exists?  Is it influenced by humans?  Is it serious?  Can something be done about climate change?  Should we do something?   2)  Imagine that you have been giving 30 seconds in chapel to advocate for a particular group or activity that you would like to promote.  (E.g. SGA, ACO, intramural water polo, blood drive) Prepare your persuasive pitch to get involved, and come prepared to deliver your commercial to us.

Filling in the chinks in your drafty draft Using quotations in your research essay.  Introduction to "the quotation sandwich." Workshopping leads and endings.  A "Quotation Sandwich" exercise. "Getting to the Draft" (Ballenger 161-184). Bring three different opening paragraphs for your essay to class.
Nov 1 R Interactions - Water/Air/Land Earth and atmosphere (heat exchange, water vapor); Ocean and atmosphere (heat exchange, evaporation). Vapor pressure, buoyancy of water vapor. Air Convection Ocean Currents homework due.
Nov 5 M Atmospheric Chemistry Key reactions in the atmosphere - stratospheric and tropospheric ozone, photochemical smog, and acid rain.
Nov 6 T Presentation # 1 presentations Presentation # 1:  Explaining a concept.  Time limit:  3-4 minutes
Polishing your prose. Grammar review of some common grammar and formatting problems. Review of basic citation formats.  Exercises: pronoun-antecedent agreement, fused sentence, comma splice, punctuation, possessives, capitalization, number.
Nov 8 R Invertebrates & Vertebrates snails, crabs, shrimp, and fish Air Currents homework due (by Friday at 5pm)
Nov 12 M Project - Water bacterial colonies
Nov 13 T Presentation # 1 presentations Presentation # 1:  Explaining a concept.  Time limit:  3-4 minutes
Re-seeing your draft. The draft workshop. Sharing drafts with others get specific feedback. "Revision is Re-seeing (or Breaking Up is Hard to Do)"  (Ballenger 185-220). Bring a complete draft of your research essay to class.
Nov 15 R Project - Intro to Electricity Voltage, Current, Resistance, Power. Build circuits and measure currents and voltages.
Nov 19 M Measurement of Climate direct (CO2, temp.) and proxy (tree rings, glaciers, ice cores, sediments, pollen, satellites, isotopes) Dendrochronology - data collection and cross dating Ch 4 - Parts 1 and 2 Complete a draft of your research essay for Professor Lipscomb and give to her before you leave for Thanksgiving break.
Nov 20 T
Unit 4 - Modeling and Data Analysis
Nov 26 M Project - Digital Electronics What is Digital Electronics? Integration of digital and analog components. Build and test circuits on BASIC Stamp Board.
Nov 27 T Conferencing with your professor. No class meeting for writing. Class time will be used for some professor-student conferences.  Students will also sign-up for additional time slots.  Sign up here for a 20 minute slot for your research paper conference.
Water Project
Nov 29 R Project - Digital Electronics What is Digital Electronics? Integration of digital and analog components. Build and test circuits on BASIC Stamp Board. Due Friday - Analog Circuits
Dec 3 M Modeling

Dec 4 T Reflecting on the research experience. Asking what you learned about your subject and about yourself as a writer that you didn't know before. Short presentations from each student about what he or she learned. The research essay due.
Water Project
Dec 6 R Modeling     Due Friday - BASIC Stamp Programs
Dec 10 M Statistics I Variance, normal distribution, standard deviation, confidence interval, T-test Length and Height Data
Dec 11 T Statistics II Time series, Fourier analysis, correlation coefficient, smoothing Data for analysis
Dec 13 R Project Day Complete Purchase Orders for balloon components.
Due Thursday - results of statistical analysis
Also, turn in all purchase orders by 5pm Friday.
Dec 18 T UNIT TEST 4
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