Natural Science Courses

Introduction to Human Evolution
ADD FREE starts 6 May 2015
This course will provide an overview of human evolutionary history from the present -- contemporary human variation in a comparative context -- through our last common ancestor with the living great apes, some 5-7 million years in the past. Emphasis will be placed on major evolutionary changes in the development of humans and the methodological approaches used by paleoanthropologists and related investigators to develop that knowledge. The course will ask basic questions about how evolution operates to shape biological variation and what patterns of variation look like in living humans and apes. Students will be exposed to the primary data, places and theories that shape our understanding of human evolution.

Introduction to Bioethics
ADD FREE starts 15 April 2015
Should we clone humans? What should we think of the coming genetic revolution? How much control should we have over how and when we die? Is rationing health care good, bad, necessary — or all of the above? This course examines fundamental moral issues in medicine, health and biotechnology. Delve into the headlines — and polarized debates — and join others who want to think deeply and openly about these problems. Some are as old as life itself: the vulnerability of illness, the fact of death. Some are new, brought on by a dizzying pace of technology that can unsettle our core ideas about human nature and our place in the world. This course introduces students to the range of issues that define bioethics,as well as core concepts and skills. The course should be of interest to undergraduates, health care professionals, policy makers, and anyone interested in philosophy or ethics.

How Stuff Moves, Part 3: Wave Motion
ADD FREE starts 22 April 2015
Mechanics is the study of how things move. It was the first quantitative science to achieve wide power to predict behavior, including things never before directly observed. Newton, Leibniz and others invented calculus to describe motion and we will find both differential and integral calculus extremely useful throughout this course. This is the third in a three-part series of courses that parallels the 2nd-semester mechanics course taught at Harvey Mudd College. This section focuses on the movement of oscillating systems and the propagation of waves (sound, seismic, or surface-water). Part 1 examined linear motion, and Part 2 examined angular motion.

The Chemistry of Life
ADD FREE starts 9 April 2015
Chemistry and biology are usually taught as separate subjects at the high school level, where students memorize widely accepted scientific principles. At the university level and in industry, however, we learn science is not as simple as we thought. We're often confronted by questions about the unknown and required to use creative approaches to solve these problems. By bringing together knowledge from multidisciplinary fields, we can acquire the ability to generate new ideas. The goal of this course is to develop skills for generating new ideas at the interface between chemistry and biology by analyzing pioneering studies.

Preparing for the AP Physics 2 Exam – Part 4
ADD FREE starts 21 April 2015
Preparing for the AP Physics 2 exam requires a thorough understanding of many different topics in physics as well as an understanding of the AP exam and the types of questions it asks. This course is Part 4 of our series on Preparing for the AP Physics 2 Exam. In this special review and exam prep course, you will find study guides, review material and practice exams covering all material relevant to the AP exam. You’ll have access to live help and review sessions with AP teachers and teaching assistants throughout the course.

Preparing for the AP Biology Exam – Part 5
ADD FREE starts 16 Mar 2015
Preparing for the AP Biology exam requires a deep understanding of many different topics in biology as well as an understanding of the AP exam and the types of questions it asks. This course is Part 5 of our XSeries: Preparing for the AP* Biology Exam In this special Review and Exam Preparation Course, you will find study guides, review material and practice exams covering all of the material relevant to the AP exam. You will have access to live help and review sessions with AP teachers and teaching assistants.

Organic Solar Cells - Theory and Practice
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This course will give students awareness of the largest alternative form of energy and how organic/polymer solar cells can harvest this energy. The course provides an insight into the theory behind organic solar cells and describes the three primar research areas within the field, namely: materials, stability and processing.

Pensamiento Científico
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¿El pensamiento científico es sólo para científicos? Su utilidad va mucho más allá, ayudando a las personas a tomar mejores decisiones todos los días. El objetivo de este curso es fomentar en pensamiento científico en los alumnos para ayudarles a tomar mejores decisiones profesionales, personales y sociales. Para lograr este objetivo, el curso destila conceptos de ciencias y filosofía a un nivel accesible al público general, ilustrándolos con ejemplos actuales de diversas áreas.

Introduction to Graphene Science and Technology
ADD FREE starts 23 Mar 2015
This course will teach you about graphene, its practical applications and how it offers new insights into quantum physics. Graphene is the world's first 2-dimensional material, and is the thinnest, strongest and most flexible material known to science. A special form of carbon, it can conduct electricity and heat better than any other material. You’ll learn about the fundamentals of graphene and how this material offers new insights into nanotechnology and quantum physics. You will also learn about emerging practical applications for graphene.

Introduction to Philosophy
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In this course, you’ll be introduced to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each module fetures a different philosopher talking to you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. We'll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then we’ll spend the rest of the course gaining an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy. Topics we’ll discuss include: Epistemology, Philosophy of science, and Philosophy of Mind, where we'll ask questions about what it means for something to have a mind, and how minds should be understood and explained.

Introduction to Electronics
ADD FREE starts 15 Mar 2015
This course will introduce you to the basic electronic components and their common uses. It covers diodes, transistors and op amps. Laboratory demos are given to reinforce the concepts learned in the class. The course is targeted at people with a scientific or technical background who are not electrical or computer engineers, but the coverage is not as deep as an electronics course aimed at electrical or computer engineers.

How Things Work
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"How Things Works" is a free course that offers a look at the elementary laws of physics in the context of everyday objects. The course is offered by the University of Virginia and consists of 8 easy-to-follow modules.

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