Natural Science - Year I

Chat times for 2017-2018
Tue 9-10:30am ET/6-7:30am PT

Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

Course Materials Under Revision for 2017-2018

Scholars Online Natural Science
Units for the First Year for 2016-2017

Week of CourseChat DateHomework UnitHistory TopicScience TopicLab Exercise
19/5/20170Preparing for chatDoing written assignmentsLab reports
29/12/20171What is ScienceThe divisio scientiarumBasic Observation
39/19/20172Scientific Observation and the Experimental MethodWeather: The Movement of AirWeather Observations
49/26/20173Requirements for ScienceWeather: Fronts and StormsHumidity
510/3/20174Creation Stories and NatureNaked-Eye Astronomy 1: Days, Years, SeasonsThe Motions of the Sun
610/10/20175Ancient ObservationsNaked-Eye Astronomy 2: Sun, Moon, PlanetsPlanetary Observations
710/17/20176Basic Algebra, NumeralsCounting, Measuring, AccuracyMeasurement and Error
810/24/20177Greek Mathematics: Pythagoras, Euclid, ApolloniusProportion and PeriodicitySound
910/31/20178Ionian and Eleatic Monistic MaterialistsMatter: Volume, Density, and other basic characteristicsMeasuring Density
1011/7/20179Greek Theories of MotionDisplacement, Velocity, and AccelerationMeasuring Velocity and Acceleration
1111/14/201710Eudoxus and Aristotle: Model of the UniversePtolemy: Model of the UniverseNaked Eye Observations of the Planets
1211/21/201711Aristotle and ClassificationClassification Systems and Vertebrate Life FormsField Lab #2A
1311/28/201712Aristotle and Invertebrate LifeThe Classification of InvertebratesField Lab #2B
1412/5/201713Theophrastus and Plant LifeThe Classification of PlantsField Lab #3
1512/12/201714Archimedes and HeroMachinesBuilding a Simple Machine
1612/19/201715Roman EngineeringStatic EquilibriumResisting Forces
181/2/2018New Year
191/9/201816Thinking about HistoryThinking about ScienceScientific Methods
201/16/201817Review: The End of the Ancient WorldReview Review
211/23/201818Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance History of ScienceHistory: a timeline of events, 400AD - 1700 ADTBD
221/30/201819Early Christian Fathers and ScienceSound and MusicVibrating Strings
232/6/201820Arab ScienceOpticsLenses
242/13/201821Medieval CosmosMathematics of MotionTBD
252/20/201822Leonardo and Scientific IllustrationHuman Anatomy 1: Bones and MusclesDissection of an Earthworm
262/27/201823Andreas VesaliusHuman Anatomy 2: The Nervous System Taste
273/6/201824William HarveyHuman Anatomy 3: CirculationCapillaries
283/13/201825Robert Hook and the MicroscopeHuman Anatomy 4: CellsMicroscope Basics
293/20/201835Francis BaconThe idea of NatureInduction and Deduction in experiments
303/27/2018Holy Week
314/3/201826The Copernican RevolutionThe Solar SystemObserving Planets
324/10/201827Brahe, Kepler, and the Early Followers of CopernicusIndividual PlanetsGalilean Observations of Venus and Jupiter
334/17/201828Galileo Galilei and Heliocentric TheoriesParallax and Pendulum EvidenceGalilean Observations of the Sun and Moon
344/24/201829Galileo Galilei and MechanicsFalling Bodies: Under constant accelerationGalilean Pendulum Experiment
355/1/201830Isaac Newton and the Laws of MotionNewton's Laws of MotionFalling Bodies II
365/8/201831William GilbertMagnetismMapping Magnetic Fields
375/15/201832Isaac Newton and Universal LawsThe Law of GravityTBD
385/22/201833The Accomplishments of the Scientific RevolutionThe Renaissance World ModelNone
395/29/201834Review; Final thoughts