Syllabus - Course Syllabus: AST 248 The Search for Life in...

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Unformatted text preview: Course Syllabus: AST 248 The Search for Life in the Universe Spring 2011 A study of the role of science in modern society through investigation of the question: Does life exist elsewhere in the universe? Topics include a review of the astronomical and biological settings; the origin of life on the earth and possibly elsewhere; the evolution of life and the development of intelligence and technology. Also discussed are the ramifications of the development of life and intelligence for the atmosphere and the biosphere. Prerequisite: One D.E.C. catagory E course. 3 credits. Instructor: Prof. Alan Calder T.A. Mr. Yi-wen Pan acalder@mail.astro.sunysb.edu yipan@ic.sunysb.edu ESS 438 ESS 431 2nd TA : Ms. Chana Tilevitz (undergraduate TA), chana.tilevitz@stonybrook.edu, ESS 431 Meeting: Tuesday and Thursday 3:50 PM 5:10 PM, ESS 001. Office Hours: Calder: Mon. 10:3012:00 AM, Wed. 4:005:30 PM, and by appointment. Yi-wen Pan: TBA and questions by email. Tilevitz: Mon. 4:30 5:30 PM and questions by email. Text: Life in the Universe (2nd edition) by Bennett and Shostak. Evaluation: 40% Hour exams, 30% Homework, and 30% Final exam. Grades will be posted on Blackboard. The instructor will discuss grades during office hours but for privacyBlackboard....
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