Splash@UCSD 2019



Splash Spring 2016
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Arts

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A52: Learn how to draw Disney Characters Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sara Heinemann

Will walk you through the step by step process to draw a Disney cartoon character so that you will walk out of class with your own drawing and fun knowledge


Prerequisites
willing to be patient with the steps, positive attitude

A47: Magic Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Pavan Upadhyayula

A preliminary course in magic for beginners. There will be something in it for people who are brand new to the art or who have practiced for some time.

The course will be two pronged. Begin with the art of story telling and how it is crucial in performance of magic. Then move on to sleight of hand cardistry.


Prerequisites
None

A59: Geometric sculpture
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kate Rudolph

Build a straws thingy! http://blog.zacharyabel.com/straws-thingy/

Using only ordinary straws, make a beautiful, complex, symmetric, mathematical object to take home.

A78: Storytelling in the Medium of Video Games Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Xiang Wen Kuan

It is no question that interactive media, including the broadly termed 'Video Games', is a new media form, and also a new art form. In this presentation, we will go through several video games within the past 10 years to explore what the medium has done to tell a story in a way no other medium can possibly do. WARNING: Spoilers for the following games: "Brothers, Tale of Two Sons" and "Undertale". I recommend that you to finish both games before Splash if you plan to play them.


Prerequisites
None


Engineering

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E77: Image and Video Compression
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Pamela Cosman

Image and video compression algorithms rely on three core ideas: (a) some things are more common than others in images, (b) some things can be predicted from their neighbors, and (c) your eye doesn't see everything anyway. In this class, we'll introduce how algorithms like JPEG and MPEG use these ideas to compress images and video so that data rates are thousands of times smaller.

E61: Engineering Design Challenge Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kate Rudolph

Build devices to solve silly problems, out of random everyday objects. Teamwork, competition, fun!

E80: Internet of Things: A Historical Perspective and Future Outlook
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Harinath Garudadri

In this course, you will gain a historical perspective of the inventions and inventors that gave us the Smartphone/Tablet platform. This is a story of convergence of multiple disciplines including Telephony, Broadcast, Internet, Computers, Wireless, Sensors and Apps. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging concept of products and services building on these inovations. It adds a machine on one and/or both ends of the communication link for exciting possibilities. The future outlook of IoT includes self driviving cars, home automation, healthcare and many more. You will get introduced to healthcare opportunities for IoT in this course. What do you need to do in college to prepare yourself to participate in this revolution? What do you need to do in graduate school to prepare yourself to shape this revolution? Do you want to be in ground-zero at the convergence of technology and life sciences? This course aims to equip you with information to answer these questions for yourself.


Prerequisites
Curiosity and passion for making meaningful changes.


Humanities

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H57: A Brief History of Medicine
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jeff Cohen

What kind of medicine did people take before pills and inhalers? Who discovered germs? When was the first human organ transplant? In this course, we'll answer all of these questions and more as we take a tour through the fascinating development of human medicine--from the ancient Greeks to the modern age and much in between. Along the way, we'll meet some of the "giants" of medicine, learn about major scientific breakthroughs, and of course, learn a little bit about how the body works.

H72: Food Justice: Growing a Just & Sustainable Food System
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Monique Grimaldi

Do you know where your food comes from? Do you know who grows your food? Do you know what resources go into making your food? Everyone needs food to survive, but in today's industrialized society we have become disconnected from what we consume. This class introduces the concept of Food Justice in the context of consumers, producers, communities, and the environment. Topics covered will include health, access & affordability, cultural diversity, farmworkers rights, animal welfare, and more! We will explore the current Food Justice movement, what can still be improved upon, and what YOU can do to contribute to a more just and sustainable food system.

H73: Food Waste in the Food System
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Monique Grimaldi

Despite the fact that 48.1 million Americans live in food insecure households, 40% of the food produced in the United States will never be consumed. On its journey from the farm to your fork, food gets wasted for multiple reasons - some accidentally, some intentionally. Come learn about all the ways that food gets wasted within our food system, some potential solution, and what you can do to reduce waste.

H50: Occupy Wall Street: What do Economists think of Inequality? Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lenore Byers

So you've heard about the 1% vs. the 99% and the rising inequality in America. But what does that mean? Is it good? Is it bad? This class will talk about what inequality is, long term trends in America, and what economists think about it.


Prerequisites
None! Everyone is welcome.

H74: Changing the Food Chain: Taking Action for Food Chain Workers
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Monique Grimaldi

While groups have achieved historic success for farmworker justice, farm labor today remains one of the most difficult and most underpaid jobs in America. Farmworkers live well below the poverty line as a result of the fact that they are generally paid by the piece rather than strictly by the hour. Come learn about the hands that pick our food and the human cost in our food supply chain.

H79: Introduction to International Relations Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rupan Bharanidaran

This course introduces the diverse and broad field of international relations, seeking to help students understand interesting topics, including why countries fight wars, how did the nations that exist today come about, and what will the world look like in 50 years? Students who have a remote interest in government, politics, foreign cultures, or traveling are highly encourage to attend. Information on State Department sponsored high school study abroad programs will also be provided.


Prerequisites
None. While interest in the topic is preferred, the concepts that will be presented are useful knowledge for all individuals.

H58: Presidential Primaries: Polling, Parties, and Politics Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ben Kraft

If you haven't heard, we're electing a new president this year, and that means both parties have to choose their candidate. We'll talk about how candidates go from deciding they want to run to being the nominee in August, why the process is so long and complicated, who it hurts and benefits, and what we can do to improve it. You'll come out of this class ready to explain to your friends and family why the Republican Party is so worried about Donald Trump, why Bernie Sanders won in New Hampshire but lost in Nevada, and what might happen if Michael Bloomberg decides to run.

H56: What Videogames Can Teach Us About People
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Niel Bezrookove

Videogames are different from other artforms because they require us to make decisions and interact with a system, sometimes with lots of other people. You'll learn about scientific insights into the mind from study into games and the possible impacts on our society.


Prerequisites
knowing a little bit about games and the internet helps

H87: Colonial Dress
Difficulty: *

American fashion has changed substantially over the centuries, from the Colonial times to the present. This class is an introduction to entire ensemble of women's and children's clothing during the Colonial Era.


Math & Computer Science

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M54: Intro to Digital Logic
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Athena Knopes

Learn the basics of computing- number systems and digital logic circuit construction!

M62: Pattern popularity
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Kate Rudolph

Pattern popularity! Catalan numbers! Bijections! The Left-Subtree-Switching Lemma! Come on a whirlwind tour of combinatorics and learn all about the concepts in this paper:
http://www.combinatorics.org/ojs/index.php/eljc/article/view/v20i1p8


Prerequisites
You've heard of factorials

M46: The Halting Problem, and other problems computers can NEVER solve
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Benjamin Cosman

Some problems aren't just difficult for computers, they're impossible! Starting only with simple assumptions about what computer programs can do, we'll show that you can't reliably detect when a program has an infinite loop. Using that we'll prove Rice's Theorem, a shockingly powerful statement about the impossibility of many problems we might like to solve.

M42: Voting Theory 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Benjamin Cosman

In the voting system you're used to ("Plurality"), we ignore a lot of useful information by only asking voters to pick their favorite candidate. This leads to problems like vote splitting - a candidate that most people hate could win with just 10% of the vote as long as 10 other candidates split the remaining 90%. In this class we will compare the other voting systems that become possible if voters supply their full preferences instead of just their favorite.


Prerequisites
None. This class will have little to offer if you are already familiar with the major systems and criteria from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_system#Compliance_of_selected_systems_.28table.29

M76: Intro to Machine Learning
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Casey Graff

In this class we'll take a look at some of the mathematics behind machine learning.

What we'll discover is that many of the algorithms aren't quite so difficult to understand.


Prerequisites
Basic algebra is required. Programming and matrices are good to know, but not required

M44: Unrelated Math I Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Benjamin Cosman

3-5 mini-lectures with no unifying theme. Possible questions include:
- How many bears can you run away from forever?
- How can electrons prove inequalities for us?
- Why is traffic so bad on your favorite roads?
- Are there theorems that are true but can't be proven?
- How can physics prove the Pythagorean Theorem?

M55: Introduction to Complexity Theory
Difficulty: ***

This course will serve as a superficial introduction to complexity theory. It will review decision problems and reducibility (covered in class M46), and define big-O complexity, complexity classes, hardness and completeness, and introduce the complexity classes P and NP as well as the P vs. NP problem.


Prerequisites
Spash class M46 ("The Halting Problem, and other problems computers can NEVER solve") or equivalent

M45: Unrelated Math II
Difficulty: ***

Same idea as Unrelated Math I (M44) except the topics will be - you guessed it - totally unrelated! So sign up for either or both of these; there will be no overlap between the two.

M53: How To Not Get Hacked on the Web: Clickjacking, CSRF and Password meters
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jeremy Blackstone

Learn about the basics for 2 types of web-based attacks (Clickjacking and Cross Site Request Forgery), how we currently defend against them and how password meters affect the construction of strong passwords


Science

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S75: Be the bat. How scientists "see" with sound Full!
Difficulty: ***

There are a number of remarkable animals who can navigate and hunt in low light and complete darkness using sound to "see". This behavior is known as echo-location, and has even been developed to remarkable degrees by humans, notably by Ben Underwood and Daniel Kish. This course will work to put this amazing ability into a scientific context using the concept of the acoustic impulse response. The class will present the basic signal processing framework of acoustic processing, and finally present examples where sound can be used to "see" in ways that light cannot.

S81: Ask a Surgeon about Appendicitis
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bard Cosman

10% of our population gets this disease, traditionally treated surgically. To explain appendicitis, we touch on anatomy, physiology, medical history, surgical technique, and the movable boundary between medicine and surgery.

S41: The Origami of Protein Folds
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kaitlin Fisher

What is a protein? How do they work? Turns out the tiny molecular machines that run our body's functions have a lot in common with origami!

S83: Ask a Surgeon about Hernias
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bard Cosman

Hernia repairs are among the most common operations worldwide. To understand hernias and how to fix them, we take a long look at anatomy, and we also touch on physiology and surgical technique.

S84: Ask a Surgeon about Colorectal Cancer
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bard Cosman

Talking about colorectal cancer, the #2 killer of Americans, means going into many different areas of medicine. To explain how this disease is managed, we touch on anatomy, physiology, cancer staging, surgical technique, and the interaction between surgery and other medical specialties.

S82: Ask a Surgeon about Gallstone Disease
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bard Cosman

Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) is the most common major operation done in this country. To explain what this is about, we touch on anatomy, physiology, medical history, surgical technique, and the movable boundary between medicine and surgery.

S7: Introduction to Interstellar War
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel Kane

Full title: "Defense of a gravity well against a first-strike counter-value attack by a known-physics adversary with a sub stellar mass economy, or dodging rocks". Class will cover possible techniques for interstellar war using known physics. Topics include lasers, kinetic bombardment, armor, nanites, black holes and more.


Prerequisites
Basic algebra required. Basic physics recommended.

S69: The Physics of Gymnastics - Strength and Stretch
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Adam Burgasser

Take physics into your own hands! Join us for an interactive lesson on how the basic principles of physics dictate the motion of our bodies. Be ready to spin, balance, jump, stretch, and climb. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move around in and bring a water bottle. We will use the events around the gym to learn about how when we stretch and condition we must take into consideration balance, torque, spring force, moment of inertia, friction and normal force, and levers.


Prerequisites
No gymnastics or physics background is required!

S68: The Physics of Gymnastics- Balance Beam, Rings, and Bars
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Weise

Take physics into your own hands! Join us for an interactive lesson on how the basic principles of physics dictate the motion of our bodies. Be ready to spin, balance, jump, stretch, and climb. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move around in and bring a water bottle. We will use the balance beams, rings, and bars to learn about moment of inertia, torque balance, friction, heat, and pendulum motion.

S67: The Physics of Gymnastics- Floor, Trampoline, and Rope Climb
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Elena Sojourner

Take physics into your own hands! Join us for an interactive lesson on how the basic principles of physics dictate the motion of our bodies. Be ready to spin, balance, jump, stretch, and climb. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move around in and bring a water bottle. We will use the spring floor, trampoline, and a rope climb to learn about spring force, ballistic motion, energy conservation, rolling/twisting, moment of inertia, and pendulum motion.

S71: Building and modifying a planet
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Brian House

A churning ball of liquid metal and flowing rock -- sounds pretty unpleasant...but that's what we live on. We'll look at how the earth has become what it is from the chemical composition of rocks to how what's going on hundreds of miles under our feet affects the atmosphere. So if learning about volcanoes by simulating different types or moving your own tectonic plates by convection sounds like fun, why don't you join us -- all you need to bring is your curiosity!

S49: Navigating the World as a Bat
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Margot Wohl

Have you ever wondered how bats are able to find their way in the cluttered world using only echolocation? What happens when bats find themselves in a noisy environment? I will answer all of this and more by delving into the latest research on bat echolocation as well as the neuroscience behind it!

S65: The Octopus's Garden
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Christopher Leber

Take a dive into the land of submarine to learn about the many ways that a healthy ocean promotes healthier, happier people.

S70: Planet Earth: The Giant Magnet
Difficulty: **

How do magnets work? What causes the Northern lights? Does the Earth's magnetic field impact life? When does the Earth's magnetic field reverse polarity? Does the Earth's magnetic field change with time? How do we know what the Earth's magnetic field was like 2 million years ago? Answers to these and more!


Miscellaneous

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X85: Boxing Fundamentals
Difficulty: **

Jab, straight, hook, uppercut! Have you ever wanted to learn to throw the perfect punch? Come work with a trainer who has competitive fighting experience, and learn the fundamentals of boxing technique.

Course includes group instruction, partner work, and individual coaching for every student. ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME!

Wear comfortable clothing that allows movement (typical athletic apparel is best), and bring a water bottle.

X48: How To Give A Killer Talk Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sasen Cain

Want to know what makes a great talk? Stop worrying about confidence and start using your voice. Forget fancy slides, snazzy clothes, avoiding "um", and scripted jokes. This course will demystify public speaking, stripping communication down to the bare essentials.
The key ideas are simple but require some effort and practice. That's good news: it means anyone can give an engaging, memorable talk. You'll leave with tools to help:
-- get everyone's undivided attention
-- get your point across, even for difficult technical topics
-- build an excellent talk structure that can be reconfigured on-the-fly
-- ... and more!
Along the way, I'll draw on best practices from science research presentations, improv and performing arts, teaching, elevator pitches, and even application essay-writing!

X43: Puzzle Hunts 101 Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Benjamin Cosman

Enter a world where a puzzle can be a list of pictures, a gibberish sound file, or just six words. What are the rules? Figure them out!

X40: Learn a KO combo & fundamental combat techniques
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jonathan Wu

This course will teach you a preprogramed boxing sequence. Basic fighting techniques will also be taught. A counter move to someone throwing a punch at you. And perform a classic judo floor collapser.

X66: Improv Games
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kate Rudolph

Come unleash the spontaneous, quick-thinking improv artist inside. Gain confidence and problem-solving skills while having a ton of fun!

X63: Writing Your Life Into A Personal Statement Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Suzanne Shah

Personal Statements are required for most applications to higher education- college, graduate schools, and beyond. It is important to be able to use minimal words for maximal impact to get your story across to a complete stranger who basically holds your future in his or her hands. It may not be the most important part of you application, but can definitely separate you from the rest.