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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Things About Stuff
The stories behind disruptive inventions such as the telephone, wireless, television, transistor, and chip are as important as the inventions themselves. Who thought of this stuff? Why? We'll discover the answers through in-class experiments and projects, such as building batteries and semiconductors out of pocket change, energy conversion devices, and laser projection microscopes. Students may propose topics and projects of interest to them; the trajectory of the course is determined in large part by the students themselves.