SMS 204: Integrative marine sciences, physics and chemistry
number of credits: 2.
Team taught by:
Each teaching a separate module.
This course focuses on using physical principles, concepts and approaches to explain observed phenomena in aquatic sciences. The course emphasizes “hands-on” activities; half the time in the class will be devoted to laboratory sessions. Due to the emphasis on laboratory work the lab portion of this class is limited to 20 students. The course is intended for 2nd/3rd year students in SMS and has no prerequisites. The class will meet for three hours a week; one in lecture/discussion, the other two in the lab. Course material will be posted on a dedicated web site.
Lecture: Mon 1:10-2:00pm, 354 Aubert Hall
Laboratory: Session 1: Mon 2:10-4:00pm, Section 2: 4:10-6:00pm, 334 Aubert Hall for the first hour and 464 Aubert Hall for the second hour.
Office hours: Thursdays 8:30-12:00am.
Grading in the physics module will be based on participation (20%), weekly assignments (50%) and a final exam (30%). Extra credit: students electing to write a term paper (5 pages maximum), whose topic they discussed with one of the instructors, could replace the exam grades with that of the term paper. There will be no make-up/retake/rescheduled exams. Late assignment will suffer an automatic 10% decrease in grade. Conversion from numerical to letter grade is conducted as follows:
All students are expected to adhere to the University of Maine's policy on Academic Honesty and Dishonesty, which can be found at: http://www.umaine.edu/studentaffairs/jad/honesty.asp. Any attempt to represent the work of another as your own is grounds for failure. Bear in mind that the University of Maine policy states: an instructor who has probable cause or reason to believe that a student has cheated may act upon such evidence.
Description of class:
Two-seven week modules, one on Physics
The focus of this module is on water quality issues, with the underlying question: “how do we assess the water quality of coastal waters in light of increased nutrient loadings, ocean observing programs, climate change, etc.?” Class time will include lecture and laboratory; the allocation of time will vary with the activity on any given class day.
Concepts to be covered: