Splash Spring 15
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Round singing is a easy way to create beautiful music, and is also a good first step to learning to sing harmonies. We will learn and practice singing some easy rounds and show you where to look to learn more.
You should be able to read music well enough to follow along on the sheet music while singing. Fabulous sight-singing skills not necessary.
We’ll cover, very briefly, the basics of all the major concepts of web design, including HTML, CSS, client-side scripting, and server-side scripting. Time permitting, we'll also talk about databases, version controlling, and caching. All examples will be taken from the Splash website.
If time allows, we’ll take a look at some of the administrative portions of the website - the pages that help the Splash directors administer the program.
This class will be an overview of many different concepts of web design, and how they interact. It will not be an in-depth look at any one concept, though links to resources for additional learning will be provided.
No computer experience is required. In fact, if you have a lot of computer experience, you’ll probably be bored. But if you don’t already know most of the terms listed in the description, then you’re encouraged to register for this class!
None, just an interest to learn!
This class will consist entirely of reading poems out loud and discussing what we think about them in groups. Participation is a must.
Math & Computer Science
Algebra 2 required; basic Java or similar programming experience highly recommended
In the interest of time, probably this will not be an interactive thing. But after this class, I encourage you to install GHCI and write some Haskell code yourself!
Some programming experience preferred.
This course will first start with playing around with some classic games from combinatorial game theory (Nim, Chomp), then move into how these games can be made mathematically rigorous.
You should know how to never lose at tic-tac-toe. There will be some proofs, so familiarity with proofs is recommended.
An open mind!
This fully distributed system works because of a few protocols that all Internet devices follow.
In this class, we'll explore the physical and logical foundations of the Internet, and get hands-on with the four fundamental protocols most commonly used: Ethernet, IP, TCP, and HTTP.
Bring a laptop (if you like) to follow along with our exploration!
Please bring a laptop set up with the Python 2.7 programming language ready to run. Linux or Mac setup should be easy, for Windows you can refer to: http://docs.python-guide.org/en/latest/starting/install/win/ If this is impossible for you, feel free to email me. I'll let you know if we secure a computer lab and don't actually need to have personal laptops.
Topics introduced may include sets, operations on sets, equivalence relations, equivalence classes, partial and total orderings, and groups. Examples may be taken from Euclidean geometry, matrix algebra, logic puzzles, and (sparingly) single-variable calculus.
These concepts may be found in the beginning of a course on naive set theory, abstract algebra, or topology. While particular attention will be given to examples and visualization, the underlying logic and rigor will be stressed to an agreeable extent.
Algebra II (Pre-Calc or equiv suggested)
You may have heard terms like "RAM" and "OS" and "boot" before. When you use a web browser, you may have seen words like "http" or "server". What do these all mean? You may have tried to look these up using a dictionary, on Wikipedia, or perhaps by asking your parents. Sometimes these kinds of resources don't end up helping with your confusion.
That's what this class is for! We will explain how computers work and go over weird terms in a way everyone can understand! This class will be a discussion -- feel free to stop me anytime to ask questions along the way.
Also a final note: Please don't feel discouraged to attend this class because you think computers are hard. The point of this class is to you show you that it's not as hard as it looks!
Not much, just an open mind! And if you can, please have in mind some general (non-programming) questions about computers and I'll try to answer each in 3 sentences or less!
A computer that has Eclipse installed. Refer to this video of how to install the software. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlWZJtpptwc&index=1&list=PLgLT8uqXESN-_oCMQOFFT-ShJCjkXLwxa
By exposing students to multiple perspectives surrounding these issues, we hope students learn more about the root causes, institutions, and policies that perpetuate the current problems. We will further introduce and ask students to analyze various policies and proposed solutions through different viewpoints and theories. Students will then work with the class to build upon the strengths and limitations of these approaches to reimagine public policy and improve the prospects for social change.
If you read any popular science medium you'll probably notice that the treatment given to quantum mechanics is either filled with buzzwords like "superposition" and phrases like "everything is everywhere at the same time!" which are inspiring but uninformative. If not that, they're technical to the point of incomprehension.
This makes me really SAD, especially since there are very elegant ways to describe quantum mechanics from a mathematical standpoint.
In this class I will (attempt to!) analyze the results of various Stern-Gerlach experiments, and how to model them in ways that are useful for calculations. In particular, we will establish a formalism for expressing the state of particles as matrices and vectors (Dirac's "Bra-Ket" notation). And if we have any extra time we can do some Schrodinger's equation stuff? That would be neat.
The class will follow an approach similar to the first chapters of "A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics" by Townsend and "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" by Griffiths. If you read either of these ahead of time you will be thoroughly disappointed by this class, because you will probably not learn anything new.
(That being said, I ENCOURAGE you to read both books, because they provide a much better foundation than I would be able to).
A time-optimistic syllabus for this class is as follows, in order of descending "we'll probably get to it"-ness:
- Explanation of intrinsic vs. orbital angular momentum
- "Discrete"-ness of spin for elementary particles
- Analysis of four Stern-Gerlach experiments
- Dirac's bra-ket notation
- Born's interpretation of quantum mechanics
- An analogue to polarized light, and how to compute the transmission of light through various polarized sunglasses
- Basics of Schrodinger's equation (we won't be deriving it; if you're interested in that, read this instead: http://arxiv.org/pdf/physics/0610121.pdf )
- Solutions to the Schrodinger's equation for various potentials (infinite square well, Dirac delta potential well)
- Quantum tunneling
tl;dr Quantum mechanics is doubleplus interesting and I wish to share it with you!
Linear Algebra (Preferred) Differential Equations (Preferred) Calculus (Highly suggested)
In this course, I'll map out our visual system, from the cones and rods of the retina to the higher levels of the cortex. I'll talk about weird effects science has uncovered, and why those might make sense, if you look at how the brain works.
How do all the many cells in the human body function differently despite having the same DNA?
Discover how non-genetic factors in our cells lead to a diversity of cell states, allowing us to function as complex, multicellular organisms, but also causing serious problems such as cancer when these factors go awry.
This class is a basic introduction to epigenetics. If you are already familiar with histone modifications, etc. then this may not be the class for you.
basic understanding of cancer and cell biology (if you know what oncogenes are, the structure of DNA, and what a cell is made of, you will be fine)
Calculus I is required. Calculus II and ordinary differential equations are not required but would be helpful.
We will be zipping quite quickly through algebra so concurrent enrollment in pre-calculus level math is not necessary but would be helpful.
We will talk about how information is represented in the brain, how we can record that information, and how we can decode it in order to control technology.
We may have also have a demo.
Interest in science and willing to ask questions.
A prior viewing of Interstellar is useful, but by no means necessary!
Algebra would be very useful. Basic physics knowledge would also be helpful.
This course is aimed at introducing students to the benefits of public health in alignment with conventional medical practices. Students will not need to have any prior knowledge on science or health courses. All instruction and activities will be presented in an introductory and exploratory manner.
Additionally, as a case study, we will see how harm reduction affects drug usage and sexual education across the US!
Prepare to have your preconceptions debunked, and your minds enlightened!
Come to discuss anything you'd like pertaining to the Legend of Korra, and be prepared to discuss topics that others come up with as well. Some ideas for things we may talk about (SPOILERS!!!):
- Bending in the technological world.
- Did technology advance too much during the series?
- The Equalist crisis. Was Amon right? Would the Equalists have been okay with the post-Book 1 Republic City government?
- How did the short, dramatic, plot-driven seasons of Korra compare to the longer, adventure-filled seasons of Airbender?
- Was Book 2 good? What were its strong and weak points?
- What did you think about the return of the airbenders?
- What did you think about the Red Lotus? And, for that matter, what did you think about the role of the White Lotus throughout the Legend of Korra?
- What were the best references to The Last Airbender? What were the worst references that should have been omitted?
- Korra's spiritual and emotional journey, and the evolution of her self-image.
- What should the future of the Earth Kingdom look like?
- Some allies and enemies believed that monarchies should be ended and the division of the four nations should be eliminated. Agree or disagree?
- When were "good guys" wrong? When were "bad guys" right?
- Which book was the best?
- How does Legend of Korra compare to The Last Airbender?
Students should have watched all four seasons of Legend of Korra, and ideally also all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Student should also be interested in discussing their thoughts on various aspects of the show.
Students should have enough knowledge of chess to apply strategies and play a game to completion.
Basic physics would be very helpful, as we'll discuss forces, torques, friction, and more. However, I'll quickly review the basic concepts of each topic for those who haven't seen them before.