[logo] SCEN103 Science Concepts behind High Technology

Winter 1998; George Watson
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Silicon, Circuits, and the Digital Revolution

Technology -- a means to an end, not an end in itself...

How does a compact disk work?
How does my computer work and what can I do with it?
What is the Internet and what use is it to me?
What is the interplay of science and technology?

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SCEN103 is a course based on the science behind high technology, a course having no physics or math prerequisites and designed with the scientifically-reticent student in mind. Student interests in everyday devices and high-tech objects are leveraged into a stimulating context for introduction of fundamental concepts of science. Live demonstrations and in-class group explorations of technology applications, in addition to daily WorldWide Web presentations, are essential elements of this course designed to promote scientific and computer literacy and awareness.

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Course Catalog Entry:
Introduction to some of the fundamental science concepts underpinning high technology, emphasizing everyday devices and practical experience, for the development of scientific and computer literacy of non-science majors.

For a preview of this course, you should check the course pages for SCEN103, Fall 1996. For some insight into the instructor and course, check the recent student evaluations and survey results from Fall 1995.

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Comments, suggestions, or requests to ghw@udel.edu.

Last updated Jan. 5, 1998.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1998.