CHEM 261 The Science in Science Fiction


3 semester hours

The physics, chemistry, and biology found in science fiction literature and examined for accuracy and probability. Topics include the physics of space and space habitats, the chemistry and biology of life arising under non-earthlike conditions, and the ecology of imagined worlds. "Engineering" new worlds on the basis of sound scientific theory will be expected. Understanding of physical implications of simple algebraic expressions is required.

Lecture, 3 hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 101  or higher, or placement into MATH 106  or higher.

University Core fulfilled: Explorations: Nature of Science, Technology, and Mathematics.




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