Splash@UCSD 2019



Splash Spring 2019
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Arts

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A227: Intro to Contemporary Dance
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Amanda Rhee

This course will provide a brief insight into contemporary dance and give you a chance to get up and move. We'll do a warm-up, practice some contemporary technique, and learn a short dance combination.

A262: Improv 101 Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Zoe Li

Do your friends always call you the funniest person they know? Or maybe you want to brush up on your confidence in public speaking. Perhaps you just want to have a great time with some of the coolest people at Splash!

This class is a fun introduction to comedy improvisation, and we will be actively playing games and exercises the entire hour! You'll get to practice being relaxed and spontaneous, as well as learn about teamwork, storytelling, and listening to one another.

No prior experience is necessary; just bring yourself and get ready to have fun!

A247: Intro to Modular Origami Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jacalyn Li

Modular Origami is a technique that uses multiple pieces of paper to make more complex structures.


Engineering

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E251: Light of many colors Full!
Difficulty: **

In this class, students will learn about light colors, and diffraction glasses used to separate the light colors.

E254: Security for Today's Day and Age Full!
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.


Prerequisites
basic understanding of email and how to access websites on the Internet

E273: NanoEngineering: the little stuff matters Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Armando Urbina

Are you interested in engineering but don’t know what you want to study? Get a taste of NanoEngineering, which covers the study and manipulation of matter at the molecular-scale, and the ways these tiny things could impact your life!

From transparent strain sensors, to impermeable gas membranes, graphene has taken over headlines all over the world. Through this interactive course we will explore 2-Dimensional materials, like graphene and hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN). I will also share my experience getting into a research lab and being published in a scientific journal!

E286: Iron Man is Soft
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Olivia Dippo

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?

E245: What is inside your cellphone? Full!
Difficulty: **

In this interactive class, students will learn about the amazing wireless technology that enables cellphones. Students will have an opportunity to see the teardown of an iPhone, study the electronics and participate in an interactive GPS tracking.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6s+Teardown/48170

E272: Tissue Engineering 101

Students will learn about the basics of tissue engineering and how cells interact with their environment. The class will start with a short lecture and end with an interactive demo on designing a tissue.

E291: The Physics of the Heart Full!
Difficulty: **

What makes the heart beat? How does it beat and pump blood through your body? Join us to learn about the physics of the heart, how we quantify the changes in health and disease, and how physics and mathematics are used in the cardiovascular mechanics world.


Prerequisites
None

E244: Why airplanes fly and boomerangs return Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Prasad Gudem

In this interactive class, the students will learn why airplanes fly and boomerangs return. Students will have an opportunity to make paper boomerangs and throw them in the classroom.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms6n17aZK14

E283: Chemical Engineering: From Sand to Silicon Full!
Difficulty: **

Did you know that sand on the beach gets turned into electronics you use every day? Learn how we can use engineering to turn sand into a giant single crystal of silicon that makes your electronics work!



We will teach you about the process of making electronic devices and take you on a tour to see it in action!


Prerequisites
Highschool Chemistry and Physics experience recommended Please wear pants and closed-toed shoes.

E234: Lit Engineering Full!

Students will be using mechanical engineering skills to build a mechanical hand in a group setting.

E256: 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.

E288: Engineering Design and Industry Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sara Tran

Engineer? Entrepreneur? Why not both?? Students will learn what constitutes the engineering spectrum, from design to manufacturing to business.

E246: Build My First Website Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Si Wu

An introduction to HTML and CSS. Students will learn how to build static web pages. The first half of the class will be a lecture, and the second half will be a workshop.


Prerequisites
None. Some coding background will be helpful, but it's not essential. Students should bring their laptops.

E269: Engineering the tools for explorers
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Curt Schurgers

You are an explorer trying to find long-forgotten cities hidden in the jungle left there by an ancient civilization ... What tools and devices would you build to help you?

We will discuss how engineers can help archaeologists, ecologists and other scientists explore the world.

E280: Introduction to Robot Localization and Mapping
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nikolay Atanasov

This course will provide an overview of how autonomous robots perceive the world and use the information to find out their location and build a map of their surroundings.


Humanities

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H222: Reading Harry Potter Like English Majors Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katie Neipris

In this course, we will dissect aspects of Harry Potter like English majors. This class will teach students to identify literary devices and discuss themes at the college-freshman level.

H223: History of Baseball
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katie Neipris

The history of baseball addresses issues of race, class, and gender. What are baseball's true origins? What does baseball during war tell us about the nations that need it? What is the role of women in American baseball? How did baseball become America's pastime?

H224: Learning Rhetoric Through The Office
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katie Neipris

NBC's popular sitcom The Office is now the most streamed show on Netflix. What makes this a "smart" comedy? How do the writers and actors play upon language conventions and expectations?
We'll dissect clips of this workplace comedy to track how the dynamics between coworkers are informed by their use of rhetoric.

H261: Creativity - Rewiring Your Brain Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Zoe Li

What do the words "pine", "crab", and "sauce" have in common? They all relate to the word "apple"!

Everyone wants to "be more creative" - but what does that even mean? And is it even possible?

In this class, we will discover what makes an innovative thinker, and how you can apply those skills in your daily life. Come prepared to partake in some fun psychological experiments (aka, play creativity games like the one above!)


Prerequisites
An open mind :)

H257: Ancient Greek Philosophy Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Niel Bezrookove

Who were these lazy old Greek guys who sat around and talked? And how did their ideas lead to math, science, computers, law, medicine, and art as we know it today?

We'll learn about the big names in Ancient Greece and question their ideas, while also learning more about ourselves and why we believe what we believe. With a little bit of imagination, we'll become Greek philosophers ourselves.

Topics we'll talk about:
Why is there something and not nothing?
What does it mean to say you know something?
Why does 1+1=2 mean something?
What is the difference between right and wrong?
Why do some things look good and other things look bad?


Prerequisites
lots of questions about life

H235: The Rise of Esports Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yen Nguyen

How did esports come to be the powerhouse industry it is today? We'll be looking at the history behind competitive gaming, its international cultural impact, and what we can expect in the future.

This class will also address perception on gaming as a whole, the players, and the effects of community engagement and media.

H270: Activism: Some Basic Tools and Concepts
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Grace Ferber

In this course, we will be discussing some basic concepts, tools, and life lessons that are helpful for any activist to know.

This course is a little longer than some because we will be spending time workshopping your own ideas and dreams for activism and change.


Math & Computer Science

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M240: The Mathematics of Credit Card Security Full!
Difficulty: ***

This course will introduce divisibility, prime numbers, modular arithmetic, format's little theorem, and Euler's theorem. It will then use this background to describe the RSA encryption scheme.

M228: From C to Transistors
Difficulty: **

This class will cover how the code we write in higher level programming languages actually gets executed on our laptops/phones or any hardware for that matter. We will discuss about various stages in this process in general but focus more on processor design.


Prerequisites
Basic programming experience in any language

M242: How to solve impossible counting problems Full!
Difficulty: **

This course will introduce the concept of generating functions, one of the most fundamental techniques in the mathematical field of combinatorics. We will define generating functions, derive some basic properties of generating functions, and finally show how they may be used to solve an "impossible" counting problem.

M266: Proof by Contradiction Full!
Difficulty: **

How many primes are there? Is $$\sqrt{2}$$ irrational? You may think something is true, but how can you be sure?
Come learn about this common proof technique and see how to apply it to certain problems and prove basic, essential mathematical theorems.


Prerequisites
Love of math :)

M233: Analyzing Programs is Not Possible! (or is it?) Full!
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.

M260: How to Win Big at Vegas - Game Theory Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Zoe Li

Games are all about chance - but can we stack the odds in our favor?

In this class, we will explore game theory by playing games ourselves. Combining mathematics with psychology, we will learn how we make decisions, as well as how we can use statistics to gain the upper hand.

We can't promise that you'll strike it rich the next time you head to the casinos, but it's a start!

M232: Unrelated Math Full!
Difficulty: ***

3-5 mini-classes with no unifying theme. Sample topics include:
- How many bears can you run away from forever?
- Why is traffic so bad on your favorite roads?
- How can physics prove the Pythagorean Theorem?

M265: Divide and conquer
Difficulty: **

How can you quickly find a number in a list? How do computers multiply? How can you trick your fellow prisoners to be the sole survivor of an ancient execution ritual?
Come learn about this algorithmic paradigm and how to apply it to solve certain problems.


Prerequisites
Love of math :)

M231: Voting Theory
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/Comparison_of_electoral_systems#Compliance_of_selected_single-winner_methods

M263: Malware C2 Network Traffic Analysis
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jonathan Luck

When a piece of malware infects a computer, how does it know what to do next? This class will provide a brief overview of malware command and control (C2) protocols. Topics will include: identification of C2 traffic, decoding C2 traffic by hand, and basic protocol analysis.

Students will work with real and simulated examples of malware network traffic, trying to decode the traffic and analyze network intrusions.

Laptops required. See prerequisites section for more details.


Prerequisites
Background in networking and programming in Python are expected (i.e. firewalls, NAT, TCP/IP, and writing Python scripts should all be familiar to the student). Preferable if the student posses a background in security. Students must also bring a laptop with working installations of Python and Wireshark. Windows, MacOS, and mainstream Linux installations are all fine.

M289: Understanding Mathematics from the Ground Up! Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel A

Why can't we divide by zero? Where does the quadratic formula come from? What is so special about prime numbers? Mathematics is much more than memorizing some equations and calculating the answer. We'll spend our time building our intuition to understand a few core mathematical concepts as we work towards rigorous proofs!

M239: Data Analysis with Mario Kart Full!
Difficulty: ***

Have you ever wondered who is the best racer to pick for Mario Kart? In this class, you get to learn how to perform basic data analysis using linear regression. This course is more math based than coding based


Prerequisites
Knowledge of precalculus or highter preferred.


Science

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S290: Tips for Getting into Medical School Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kim Nguyen-Ta

What should I major in? Should I do research? What extracurricular activities should I do? What are the requirements? What is the MCAT?

These and more will be answered by a current medical student at UC San Diego School of Medicine. One student's nontraditional story to medicine will be shared. Bring your questions to the Q&A portion at the end of the session!

S252: Introduction to Global Health Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Christine Wenzel

An introduction to the relatively new and rapidly expanding field of global health. We answer questions like "What is global health?", "What can you do with a degree in global health?", and more!


Prerequisites
None

S250: Ask a Surgeon about Cancer Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bard Cosman

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

S279: Women in Science and Engineering Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Pamela Cosman

Social scientists have studied many facets of women's under-representation in science and engineering fields. This class will give a quick tour of some fascinating studies, including women in STEM in the U.S. versus outside of the U.S., and different patterns of negotiating and time management between men and women. Students will have a better understanding of the issues as well as some practical tools for thriving in STEM fields.

S264: Special relativity and the universal speed limit Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mrinal Verghese

Relativity gets tossed around a lot in science fiction and fantasy. But what does it mean to say "the faster you go, the slower time goes"? What are the practical applications of this, is the theory of relativity any more than just a theory?

In this course we will get a quick introduction to Special Relativity and tackle classic problems including the muon problem and the twin paradox.


Prerequisites
Algebra (at the Algebra 1 level). Algebra 2 and basic physics are helpful, but not required

S248: Ask a Surgeon about Gallstone Disease Full!
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.

S225: Engineering applied to Surgery & Medicine
Difficulty: **

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


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

S249: 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.

S268: Brief Introductions to Forensic Science: physics-based Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Steven Swee

O.J. Simpson. Trayvon Martin. Oscar Pistorius. These are among the most famous and highly contested forensic science cases. How did we know what happened? How do we apply forensics in real-life crime scenes? Take this class to find out! (Note: each section will have a different set of experiments, so choose the topics that most interest you or better yet, do all of them!)


Prerequisites
Very basic knowledge of chemistry, biology, math, and physics. Most of the class should be intuitive and straightforward.

S243: How ants navigate without google maps
Difficulty: **

This course will give a brief overview of the pheromone-based mechanism which ants use to navigate a terrain without having full knowledge of the network. While most students have probably seen terrestrial ants in their kitchens, this course will discuss some of the unique challenges faced by tree-dwelling ants in Mexico. We will discuss the ways that these ants take advantage of the physical structure of their environment to make it easier to get from point A to point B.

S281: Brief Introductions to Forensic Science: chemistry-based Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Steven Swee

O.J. Simpson. Trayvon Martin. Oscar Pistorius. These are among the most famous and highly contested forensic science cases. How did we know what happened? How do we apply forensics in real-life crime scenes? Take this class to find out! (Note: each section will have a different set of experiments, so choose the topics that most interest you or better yet, do all of them!)


Prerequisites
Very basic knowledge of chemistry, biology, math, and physics. Most of the class should be intuitive and straightforward.

S238: Enigma: How code breakers won the World War II Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aditi Jain

WWII was not just a battle of force and might, a major portion of it was won with wit, logic and mathematics! Come to listen about the amusing story of the most secure cryptographic machine of pre-digital era, and what went into cracking it.


Prerequisites
A curious mind

S282: Brief Introductions to Forensic Science: case studies and argumentation Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Steven Swee

O.J. Simpson. Trayvon Martin. Oscar Pistorius. These are among the most famous and highly contested forensic science cases. How did we know what happened? How do we apply forensics in real-life crime scenes? Take this class to find out! (Note: each section will have a different set of experiments, so choose the topics that most interest you or better yet, do all of them!)


Prerequisites
Very basic knowledge of chemistry, biology, math, and physics. Most of the class should be intuitive and straightforward.

S285: Macromolecular Architecture: How Chemical Structures Create Biological Functions Full!
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.

S258: Video games in research Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Leanne Chukoskie

Many modern video games have sensors and feedback devices to enhance play. Researchers have begun to use sensors and feedback in the closed-loop adaptive system of the video game in various ways to create interventions and assessments. The class will end with a demonstration of a few games we use for our own research at UCSD.

S259: Fun with Kitchen Chemistry Full!
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered how they make those wonderful popping pearls that you put on top of your frozen yogurt? Or why mousse has such a rich yet airy texture? This class is designed to introduce you to molecular gastronomy with plenty of samples!


Miscellaneous

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X276: How to survive freshman year of college Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Raymond Lau, Nathan Sit

“What is college like? How do I make new friends? How do I balance a social life and school? What happens when I miss my parents?”

Your first year in college can be a tough transition. Hear the story of two UCSD freshmen as they share some advice and experience from their first year so far.

X274: 16 Personalities Test
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Raymond Lau, Nathan Sit

Do you want to understand yourself better? So do I.

16 Personalities, also called Myers-Briggs, is a personality test that gives you insight on who you really are. You might be surprised about how well this test describes you. After finding out your results, we’ll group you accordingly by your personalities and play some group activities.

X221: Innovation 101: Introduction to Innovation Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Anirudh Perubotla

Innovation 101 provides an introduction to the concept of innovation and includes hands-on activities to promote creativity and out-of-the-box ideas. Students will engage with their peers to learn about innovation in the modern world.

X237: Learn to Play Go: A 2,500 year old board game
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rafael Cosman

Go is an two-player board game invented in China more than 2,500 years ago. Yet there are over 20 million go players worldwide today! One reason it's lasted so long, and remains so popular, is that its rules are surprisingly simple and yet its strategy is tremendously deep.

In this class, you'll learn to play Go, as well as a bit about the history, strategy, and math behind the game.

[sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(game)]


Prerequisites
None

X230: Puzzles!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Benjamin Cosman

Learn to solve (and maybe write) puzzles like these: primepuzzles.wordpress.com

X278: Information Economics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Caitlin Hastings

How can the tools of economics be used to study information? Why is the study of information important? How can this knowledge be used to improve human decision making? Subtopics include: how does information differ from regular goods, how does limited information affect outcomes in games, information cascades in the lab and the real world. Students will participate in mock experiments involving information economics.


Prerequisites
Basic algebra

X284: Intro to Effective Altruism
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jessica Sorrell

When we donate to a favorite charity, how do we know how much we're helping others?

You have about 80,000 hours in your career. How can you use them to make the world a better place?

Should we prefer to help people close to us or people across the globe?

If you're interested in the answers to these questions, you should check out effective altruism! Effective altruism is about using reason and evidence to do the most good possible. This course will ask students to think critically about how they can use their careers, time, and money to improve the world.

X253: Applied Rationality 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Owen Shen

This course is a mix of research from cognitive science that covers the intersection between productivity and winning at life. I'll present mental models for thinking about planning, habits, and motivation. Evidence-backed methods and frameworks will be provided.

X277: Time Management: College Edition
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lawrence Biagtan

College is a whole new arena filled with new challenges and adventures. One can make their class schedule more flexible than that of high school, yet does that actually mean it's easier?

This session delves into the experience of a pre-law freshman with time management including insights on common struggles, strategies, and perspectives towards a life of balance in college.