Splash Fall 2019
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Arts

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A473: Monologue Preparation and Performance
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Madeleine Conner

This course will guide you through the preparation and performance of monologues. We will use these methods to prepare and perform monologues for other class members.


Prerequisites
No acting experience required. If you have a monologue you would like to work with, feel free to bring one with you. If not, sample monologues will be provided.

A477: Crocheting 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Soon-Young Shimizu

Learn the basics of crocheting (a similar craftwork to knitting but easier and much more versatile!).

By the end of the class, you will have the basic skills necessary to crochet anything from scarves, cowls, blankets, and more!

Prior experience not necessary.

A468: Writing a Melody
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yohan Auguste

We will explore famous melodies to learn what makes them exciting and memorable. Taking this knowledge, we will attempt to write melodies together.


Prerequisites
The ability to read treble clef will be very helpful. Since we will be working in groups and examining melodies qualitatively, a student who does not know how to read treble clef could still participate and learn.

A475: Harry Potter: A Study of Book-to-Screen Adaptation
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Elizabeth Parsons

This course will use Harry Potter as a study of book-to-movie adaptation. Specifically, we will look at Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. What parts of the book does the movie leave out? What impact do these changes make to the overall story? Why would the producers make these choices? How would you have done things differently? This lesson will explore how movies sometimes lack the finesse of a book.

A482: Seeing and Making Art
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jacob Gendelman

Do you like making and seeing art? Collaborate with your classmates in the Surrealist game Exquisite Corpse, and take inspiration from the works in the Mead Museum!


Humanities

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H466: Anarchy in International Relations
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tomajin Morikawa

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concept of anarchy in international relations (IR) theory. The class will begin with a short introductory presentation followed by a game simulation that will take place for around half of the class time.

Anarchy in IR does not mean "chaos" as many would imagine. Instead, simply put, it is an absence of a world government. The simulation game* will reveal how anarchy shapes or confines the decision-making of states in international politics.

By the end of the class, students will be able to explain what "anarchy" in international relations means and will have a gist of what international relation theories aim to accomplish.

* The simulation will be an engaging and fun activity for most, but it will require civil dialogue and respect for one another.

H483: Abortion is a Privacy Right?: Understanding Roe v. Wade
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emiy Hirtle

Roe v. Wade, famous for constitutionally securing the right to abortion, is in many ways not actually about abortion at all. Fundamentally, Roe is about the right to privacy from the government in family planning decisions, and it only indirectly says that women have the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy. This class will break down the basic argument of Roe, explaining how it does and does not serve as an abortion rights decision. We will then explore the implications of this argument, and how it impacts the status of abortion rights in this country.


Math & Computer Science

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M480: How To Think About Four Dimensions, and Beyond
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Zachary Steinberg

Thinking about four dimensions may sound scary, but it’s actually surprisingly simple. You’re probably used to graphing points using two coordinates, but what happens when those coordinates are circles instead of numbers? That simple question leads to a surprisingly flexible way to think about spaces our three-dimensional brains can’t imagine.

Along the way, we’ll answer some questions. How do mathematicians think about four dimensions? Isn’t the fourth dimension time? If so, how do we distinguish between possible universes? What’s a “manifold” and why do mathematicians love them so much? Why is tying knots impossible in four dimensions? Why can’t you glue a piece of paper into an origami Klein bottle? Come find out!

By the power of 𝟛 𝔻 𝕘 𝕣 𝕒 𝕡 𝕙 𝕚 𝕔 𝕤, come learn how to think about dimensions beyond our imagination – visually!


Prerequisites
If you know what points, planes, and spheres are, you're good. Bring with you a love of cool visuals. Calculus might let you get more out of the class, but you don't need it!


Science

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S481: Household Science Experiments
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anna Makar-Limanov

Like science? Like having fun?

You've come to the right place!

We will be doing some simple and safe science experiments and learning what causes the observed color changes and reactions!

S478: Sex Ed: Understanding the evolution of sex in biological systems
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Derek Schneider

This class will explore the biological hypotheses for the evolution of sex. The class will begin with an explanation of evolution, then give a biological definition of sex. Students will dissect flowers to see the sex organs in plants. The class will then discuss the leading hypotheses for the evolution of sex.

S474: Interpreting the Honey Bee Waggle Dance
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Elizabeth Parsons

Did you know that honey bees dance to communicate with their peers? This course will explore honey bee behavior. We will first discuss general honey bee foraging (food gathering) and then discuss dancing. Honey bees dance to give other bees directions to newly discovered flowers. Amazingly, the bees give directions using the angle between the flower and the sun! We will review how to interpret these dances and why honey bees are so important to our ecosystem.


Prerequisites
Basic understanding of angles

S479: Minerals, rocks and other miracles of geology
Difficulty: *

How do volcanoes work? What's sphalerite? What's an igneous rock?? How do rivers work? How come Hawaii is there? Gold! Diamonds! Garnets! Water! You just might learn about some of these things in this class. You will definitely learn something amazing about how this planet works, and you will most certainly get to look at some cool and beautiful rocks and minerals under a microscope.

S470: Intro to Organic Chemistry Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yohan Auguste

In this course we will be learning the common functional groups and the naming conventions in order to make the field more accessible. We will then see how atoms can be connected together.


Prerequisites
Basic understanding of atoms, octet rules, and electronegativity.

S472: Media, Maturity, and Mentality
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Madeleine Conner

This course will explore the effects of mass media and social media on cognitive, behavioral, and social development. Interactions between media and development will be examined at various stages from birth to adulthood.


Miscellaneous

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X476: The Game Theory of Poker
Difficulty: **

We will first discuss several basic game theory principles as they apply to standard game examples. We will then use these ideas to examine the play of no limit texas hold'em.