This thing we call infinity fills our dreams and sparks our imaginations, yet it lies just beyond our reach, lurking in the shadows, evading our questions. Our curiosity compels us to ask: what is infinity? Whether it is something innumerable, something vast, or eternal, infinity shapes our philosophies and religions, influences our arts and literatures, and drives our mathematics and sciences. Blake sees infinity in a grain of sand; van Gogh glimpses it in starry nights; Cantor unlocks infinities within infinities; and Hawking finds it in the dark corners of our Universe. In this class, we will imagine the infinite and the infinitesimal by looking through the eyes of these and other great thinkers.
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Chemical Principles Laboratory, or simply CHEM 181L, is a complementary, independent laboratory course which explores and expands upon many of the ideas covered in Principles of Chemical Stucture (CHEM 181) lecture. This course sets a foundation for scientific inquiry, motivates and emphasizes scientific writing, explores chemistry through computation and experiment, and exposes students to current research and literature in a variety of chemistry-driven fields.
CHEM 181L is itself an experiment, recently redesigned and continuously evolving. The current incarnation of CHEM 181L stems from personal reflection, feedback from former students, and numerous conversations with undergraduates, graduate students and fellow faculty members. The result is a course rich in content that provides students opportunities along the way to make choices regarding what they learn based on their own interests. This hopefully makes the course more interesting and exciting – it undoubtedly makes it challenging – for the students and me.
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