Splash Spring 2017
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Engineering

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E126: An Introduction to Control Theory
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered how Google's driverless car can autonomously drive itself on a road, and how air conditioners can regulate the room temperature to a set value?

In this class, we will introduce a few popular control methods, and discuss how they are used in our everyday life.


Prerequisites
Some knowledge of physics will help, but not required

E157: Security for Today's Day and Age
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ariana Mirian

With all the news of various data breaches and hacks, it can be confusing to figure out how it affects you. In this course, we'll go over best practices for how you, an internet user, can protect yourself against various pitfalls and security holes.

E125: Artificial Muscles for Robots
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jun Zhang

Have you ever wondered how to make robots move? What if robots have their own muscles, just like us?

It turns out that artificial muscles can work similarly as our biological muscles, and they have many advantages over electric motors. This class will introduce a few popular artificial muscles that have been used to make robots move. We will also discuss how we can use them to design robots for different applications.


Prerequisites
Some knowledge of physics will help, but it's not required

E131: ROCKETS ROCKETS ROCKETS
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ashley Freeman

Learn about rockets and the design process!

E145: What is the Fourier Transform?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joseph Connelly

How do we store music and video as 1's and 0's on a computer? How do we send information using electromagnetic waves? Why do light and sound behave differently in water than they do in the air?

It turns out all of these questions can be answered by using the Fourier transform- a mathematical tool engineers use to solve real-world problems.

We will go over the basic idea of the Fourier transform and see many interesting examples from real life.

E136: Introduction to Digital Logic
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Julian Warchall

Ever wondered how a computer or a calculator or a smartphone works on a fundamental level? Now's your chance to learn!

This class will introduce students to Boolean logic and the basic principles of modern digital electronics design on silicon chips.

E132: Iron Man is Soft
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Olivia Dippo, Andy Zhao

Would Iron Man actually make his suit out of iron? Absolutely not. Is Iron Man’s mortal enemy oxygen? Absolutely. We will be diving into the science behind the strongest materials throughout history and what makes them so special. The materials we use to build our battle armor, bridges, and buildings are the often forgotten foundation of our society and history. The Bronze Age began when an ancient materials scientist combined two soft metals, copper and tin, to create an alloy that was stronger and tougher than any material that had ever come before. The Industrial Revolution was made possible by processing iron and carbon together to create STEEL, a real engineering material. We wield steel to construct massive factories, bridges, and skyscrapers that make up the modern world. However, these engineering materials are susceptible to attack from the oxygen in the air we breathe. What power does oxygen have to weaken these strong materials over time, and how can we protect them?

E166: Wonders of the Nano World
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Madhura Som

Materials show different properties at the nanoscale. This class is an introduction to the science of nanoscale and how engineers can harness this to build new products


Prerequisites
Some background in Physics and Chemistry would be helpful.


Humanities

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H147: Comics: Whats Behind the Pages in comics
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Michael Durkin

We will be examining a number of comics looking at the techniques writers and artists use that are unique to the medium of comics. We will specifically be looking at concepts like color, structure, speech, lighting, story boarding and other elements in comics.

H151: For the Love of Cinema: Introduction to Filmic Techniques
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anna Parkhurst

This class will teach you how to look at your favorite films in a new way! We will examine the filmic techniques in variety of films, from both popular to lesser known, to help build an understanding of film as an artistic and literary form. Topics may range from the use of light/shadow, theme music, recursive colors, and narrative structure.

H153: History of Human Anatomy
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bard Cosman

How did cadaver dissection get from illegal activity to required course? This lecture-discussion surveys human anatomy as a learning and teaching activity from ancient times to the present, including the role of religion.


Prerequisites
none

H143: Professional Email Writing Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ali Alattar

Have you ever written an email that didn't sound quite right? Ever wondered how to call in sick? How about asking to meet with a professor to discuss your grade in the class?

In this course, we'll focus on a few basic emails that you may find yourself sending over and over in the course of your professional career. We'll go over the different sections of an email, commonly used phrases, and email etiquette. The skills you'll pick up here will be useful in virtually every sphere outside of high school, including college and work.


Math & Computer Science

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M128: Juggling and the Mathematics Thereof
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ashley Freeman

Learn how cirque performers balance their routines mathematically, make your own juggling balls, and then learn to juggle like the pros!

M122: How do we Assemble Genomes?
Difficulty: **

Obtaining an individual's full DNA sequence is extremely valuable for population studies, personalized medicine, disease testing, etc. However, current sequencing technology can only output small chunks of one's genome that must be pieced together. How is this accomplished? This class will go over the basics of De Brujin Assembly. It will cover graph theory, the Eulerian cycle problem, the cycle expansion algorithm, universal strings, De Brujin graphs, and their applications to genome assembly.

M139: Voting Theory 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Benjamin Cosman

We ignore 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

M121: Introduction to Complexity Theory
Difficulty: ***

How hard is it to find the cheapest set of flights that visits every state capital exactly once? How do we determine what it means for certain problems are "easy" or "hard"? This class will introduce help students answer this question through the lends of complexity theory. It will cover formal languages, decision problems, algorithms and Big-O complexity, reductions, and the P vs. NP problem.

M140: 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.

M141: Unrelated Math
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Benjamin Cosman

3-5 mini-classes with no unifying theme. Possible topics 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?


Science

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S148: 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.

S137: How Solar Cells Work Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Fenning

Solar cells are going up on rooftops all around San Diego, providing ever cheaper renewable energy. Ever wonder how they work? How do we take silicon from quartz in the ground and turn it into a device that uses sunlight to produce electricity? We will examine how a photovoltaic cell functions and how it is made. We will also look at the latest research in the design of the high efficiency lower cost solar cells of the future.


Prerequisites
Curiosity and a willingness to ask questions!

S138: Video Games in Research Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Leanne Chukoskie

Researchers in Cognitive Neuroscience use video games as part of assessments and training. Learn about some ways researchers use video games and alternative ways to play them in research.

S168: Crazy Experiments: Chemical Reactions and Thermodynamics Full!
Difficulty: **

Do you want to watch and do fun science experiments? This is the class for you. Science experiments will include physics experiments relating to chemical reactions and thermodynamics! No background in chemistry or physics is necessary!

S152: Cancer Management Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bard Cosman

What is cancer and how does it hurt people? What have we learned about curing and/or treating individual types of cancer? How do doctors choose surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or other treatments? Are we winning or losing, and is it reasonable to speak of "curing cancer"? Discuss cancer principles and problems with a surgeon and sometime tumor registrar.


Prerequisites
none

S149: Ask a Surgeon about Gallstone Disease
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bard Cosman

Has anyone in your family had her (or his) gallbladder removed? 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.

S165: Quantum Tic Tac Toe
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Du

In the world we are familiar with, an object can only be in one place at a time. However, subatomic particles, such as electrons and photons, "live in" the world of quantum mechanics (QM) and can actually be in more than one place at the same time!

In this course, you will get an introduction to QM by playing tic tac toe! You will learn a modified version of the game that will both give you a tour of the physical laws of the QM world and be lots of fun!


Prerequisites
It is recommended that you have taken at least one year of chemistry, or are currently finishing up your first year of chemistry. However, this is not necessary.

S167: Crazy Experiments: Waves, Sound, Optics Full!
Difficulty: **

Do you want to watch and do fun science experiments? This is the class for you. Science experiments will include physics experiments relating to waves, sounds, and optics! No background in physics is necessary!

S163: Engineering applied to Surgery & Medicine Full!
Difficulty: **

Learn basic engineering concepts applied to surgery & medicine, and then apply these concepts by building something in a team-based competition.


Prerequisites
Interest in medicine, surgery, engineering, or just for fun

S144: Feel the pulse, hear the beat!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ali Alattar

This is a short, fun course that will teach students how to listen to heart sounds and where to feel for pulses on the body (hint: there are more places than you think!).
This may segue into a casual discussion about the structure and function of the cardiovascular system.

S169: Crazy Experiments: Electricity, Magnetism, and Fluids
Difficulty: **

Do you want to watch and do fun science experiments? This is the class for you. Science experiments will include physics experiments relating to electricity, magnetism, and fluids! No background in physics is necessary!

S124: Videogames, A.I., Information, and the Human Machine
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Niel Bezrookove

What could A.I. and video-games tell us about ourselves? What exactly is information? How can animals, humans, and machines communicate? What does it mean for something to have a 'mind' in a society where we are surrounded by technology?

Using Norbert Weiner's work on cybernetics and current cognitive science topics, we will discuss these abstract ideas and try to understand them through the lens of mathematics, philosophy, and cognitive science.


Prerequisites
an open mind

S133: Tips for Getting Accepted to Medical School
Difficulty: **

Come learn some tips and tricks for navigating the medical school application process. We will also cover great reference materials (books and videos) for preparing to write a personal statement and preparing for medical school interviews.


Prerequisites
None

S170: Crazy Experiments: Momentum and Motion Full!
Difficulty: **

Do you want to watch and do fun science experiments? This is the class for you. Science experiments will include physics experiments relating to momentum and motion including building your own rocket! No background in physics is necessary!

S130: The Physics of Science Fiction Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ashley Freeman

Are force fields possible? What about light sabers?! TIME TRAVEL? Learn about the possibilities of these and other common inventions from science fiction!

S127: Special Relativity
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ashley Freeman

Come learn about wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey science as we explore Einstein's special theory of relativity and its consequences. See what really makes this theory special!


Prerequisites
Algebra

S150: Ask a Colorectal Surgeon about Colorectal Cancer
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bard Cosman

Talking about colorectal cancer, the #2 cancer killer, 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.

S134: Suturing for Beginners Full!
Difficulty: ***

Learn how to suture a "wounded banana" using the same techniques as surgeons use in the operating room!


Prerequisites
Strong interest in medicine

S159: Macromolecular Architecture: How Chemical Structures Create Biological Functions
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Colin Deniston

This course focuses on a field of science called structural biology, which is concerned, among other things, with the structure and function of biological macromolecules. The course will walk students of all levels through classical examples of biochemical form and function, ending with what scientists today explore in the field and the tools they utilize for the job.

S161: Headaches: When are they more than just a pain? Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Berenice Jimenez

Most people have experienced headaches and know that they can be a real nuisance. This course will describe different types of headaches, when to worry about them, and other cases in medicine that have given people a reason to complain about their heads.

S164: Medical Mythbusters Full!
Difficulty: *

Fact or fiction?
Medical students will show you some unbelievable cases in medicine and you can try to tell apart medical myth from real life medical mystery .

We will also have a mystery box of anonymous questions.
Ask anything you ever wanted to know about the human body and we will answer!


Miscellaneous

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X129: Knitting for Beginners
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ashley Freeman

Learn how to cast on, knit, and purl! With just these three techniques, the possibilities of what you can make are endless!

X123: Beginner Yoga Full!
Difficulty: *

This class will cover basic yoga postures including breathing, sun salutations A and B, vinyasa flows, and several flexibility-enhancing postures.

X162: Rapid SAT/ACT Grammar Prep
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Berenice Jimenez

How do you use a semicolon? When is it their/there/they're? Why the heck is that verb plural? Ohmygawd what's a verb??

This crash course helps you get those "easy points" on the SAT/ACT writing and language section, but it will also help for school. Learn basic rules that will be useful and easy to remember!

X154: Introduction to the Scientific Study of Human Language (Linguistics)
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ricky Ramirez

Despite being a Linguistics major, I did not know what Linguistics even was until my 2nd year at UCSD. In this course, I will be going over what Linguistics is and how it can be used outside of the field of Linguistics. Linguistics is a very broad field, and thus has many aspects to it; we will only breifly touch upon the main parts of Linguistics such as phonetics, syntax, and morphology, as well as the different types of linguistics like sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, computational linguistics, and psycholinguistics.
(Although the presentation will be in English, we will also look at languages besides English for more examples.)

X160: Paying For College: Learn about financial aid and scholarships Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Berenice Jimenez

For many students, applying to college isn't just about a competitive resume. Learn about one of the first major financial decisions you'll make and the options available.

X155: Introdução ao português e ao Brasil (Introduction to Portuguese and Brazil)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ricky Ramirez

I will give a crash course in basic Brazilian Portuguese where you'll learn things like greetings, days of the week, foods, etc.; I will also talk about the history of Brazil and its current state.
(Most of the class will be taught in Portuguese in order to immerse the students as much as possible, but I will have a handout with the basic points covered translated to English, as well as a 'glossary.'

X142: 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 for a range of movement.