2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 03, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CHM 135 - Science and Superheroes

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of physical science through examples and case studies drawn from science fiction, fantasy, superheroes, villains, and mythology.  Students will use basic physical science principles to critically evaluate the superhuman abilities, mythological powers, and fantastic events that are presented in books, movies, comics, and cultural mythologies.  The course content will also touch upon applications of science of importance to world issues, such as climate science, atmospheric chemistry, materials science, drugs and medicine, and nuclear chemistry. Fundamental concepts in physical science will be presented, including energy, forces and motion, atomic theory of matter, molecular structure, and scientific laws of conservation, among others.  Through lecture and group activities, students will gain an appreciation for physics and chemistry, and will develop the ability to critically assess world issues and current events that are related to science.
Credits: 3
Offered Fall, Spring & Summer