Honors 100 Tentative Syllabus

You should understand that this syllabus will be in a near-constant state of flux. We will be constantly changing it to fit what actually happens in class as opposed to our best guess at the moment.

Par==Paradigms Lost                    
Handbook==The Bedford Handbook                  Handouts==Extra Handouts/Readings
9=Nine Algorithms that Changed the Future
Draft 0 of research paper due
Cycle
Day
Date
Topic
Work
Assigned
Due
1
2
8/30
Introduction to FYS
Fermi Estimates

Why I am interested in science/career plans paper
Par: Chapter 1 and Preface
Angier paper on Fermi estimates (before class)

4
9/03
The Nature of Scientific Reasoning Feynman video Feynman: What is the core of science?
Grammar Test Test A
Par: Chapter 1

6
9/05
Diagnostic Essay

Zotero setup instructions

2
2
9/07
Introduction to library research — Clemens Computer Lab
Learn Zotero
Find References
Pseudoscience paper topics
Zotero assignment
Why Science? paper

4
9/11
Philosophy of Science
Discuss Feynman &
Par: Chapter 1 and Preface
Assign Pseudo-science paper
Zotero/Information assignment

6
9/13
Math day 1



3
2
9/17
Tony visits
Discuss drafts of
pseudo-science papers

Draft of pseudo-science paper


4
9/19
Math day 2

Space 1 Readings
JBB talk about discovery of pulsars - 1977,   Science story about discovery of pulsars,   Hewish's Nobel Prize lecture (skim the nasty physics)

Choose one or two of the following four on the Drake Equation:
Carl Sagan on the Drake eqn (from Cosmos)
Drake eqn: from Wikipedia
A skeptical look at the Drake Equation
Beyond the Drake Equation

(The JBB links below - optional)
Bio 2,    Wikipedia Bio, Cartoon Interview,    1999 Interview,   PBS bio of JBB, 2004 editorial  JBB's religious beliefs

The next one - just for fun
The Fermi Paradox is our Business Model
 

6
9/21
Zotero/Library tour — Alcuin U12
Library Research
Create an Annotated Math Bibliography
Pseudo-science paper due
4
2
9/25
Fermi Paradox / Space 1




4
9/27
Math Day 3


Watch Contact on reserve or borrow a copy


6
10/01
Contact

JBB/Contact paper
Annotated Math Bibliography
5
2
10/03
Math Day 4






Long Fall Weekend

October 4-7


4
10/09
Discuss JBB Draft


JBB/Contact paper draft

6
10/11
Math Meetings

Par Chapter 5, Kurzweil & Singularity
  Artificial Intelligence, a summary
  Genetic Algorithms    

6
2
10/15
AI
Genetic Algorithm exercise
Discuss readings
Watson     Computer chess       Haptics
 Game Trees     Computer Vision    Voice Recognition

JBB Contact final draft

4
10/17
AI2
Discuss readings
Assign AI paper
 

6
10/19
Shane Miller



7
2
10/23
Math Talks I


Math Talks

4
10/25
Math Talks 2

Energy I readings:
What You Need to Know About Energy Women in Energy:
   Students
   Policy, Advocacy, and Regulation
   Research and Engineering
Math Talks

6
10/29
Registration
Discuss Course
Offerings


AI Paper Draft 0
8
2
10/31
Registration meetings
no class
Energy 2 readings:
The Start-Up Pains of a Smarter Electricity Grid
When A Megawatt Is Not A Megawatt




4
11/02
Energy 1
Discuss Energy 1
readings



6
11/06
Library day for
Energy — Clemens Computer Lab

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism Policy
CSB/SJU Plagiarism Presentation
Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age
AI paper due
9
2
11/08
Energy 2

Energy paper draft 0

4
11/12
Plagiarism
Discuss Plagiarism



6
11/14
Energy 3
Discuss Energy drafts

Energy paper draft 1
10
2
11/16
Mock debate
Judge your instructors



4
11/20
Jobs in math, CS, physics, and engineering Careers in CS


Energy paper draft 2



Thanksgiving Break

November 21-25


6
11/27
Sexism



11
2
11/29
Meetings about energy papers
no class



4
12/03
debates 1




6
12/05
debates 2
discuss energy papers
9 Chapter 5

12
2
12/07
Public Key Cryptography
TBA
9 Chapter 6


4
12/11
Error Correcting Codes
TBA TBA
Final Draft of Energy paper

6
12/13
Algorithms Continued
TBA
TBA




Final Exam Period
No Final
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6-8:00 pm



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