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Dr. Stephen Taylor
 
Descriptions of the courses I teach - Note that all courses below fulfill the physical science requirement at all 4-yr universities in the UH system, with the exceptions of OCN 101, and OCN 199v.

ASTRONOMY
ASTR 110: Survey of Astronomy
The course offers an introduction to the science of astronomy addressing such questions as, "How does light from nearby stars tell us their distance, their temperature, what they are made of, and how fast they are moving?"

GEOLOGY

GG 101: Introduction to Geology
Through classes, labs, and field trips, students learn to recognize clues in rocks and the landscape to "read" geological events of the recent and distant past.  The course includes a lab component.  GG 101 counts toward completion of the Marine Option Program certificate.

OCEANOGRAPHY

OCN 101: Introduction to the Marine Option Program
Through this 1-unit seminar, students explore marine and aquatic career choices and get guidance and inspiration to write a detailed proposal on a topic of their choice.  The course is required for the Marine Option Program certificate.

OCN 120: Global Environmental Challenges

What is global warming and how serious a risk does it pose?  Students explore the science behind environmental challenges like global warming and limited resources (energy, food, water, etc.) so that they may make their own judgments.  The course counts toward completion of the Marine Option Program certificate.

OCN 199v: Special Topics in Oceanography

Students work with the instructor and a community mentor to complete a project of their choice on their own time.  The project is usually, but not necessarily, the one proposed in OCN 101.  The course is required for the Marine Option Program certificate.

OCN 201: Science of the Sea 
Learning the physical properties and dynamics of the ocean opens the door to understanding everything from the climate to ecology of our world.  OCN 201 is required for the Marine Option Program certificate.  It is a foundational oceanography course that is especially relevant for residents of an island in the middle of the Pacific!


PHYSICAL SCIENCE

SCI 122: Introduction to Science, Physical Science
Students in SCI 122/122L explore the nature and methods of science before striving for deeper understanding and application of critical thinking skills to modern scientific issues.  Students will address such different questions as, "Why do Hurricanes have such strong winds?" or "What is nuclear radiation and what is the risk to Kauai residents from the Fukushima disaster?"

PHYSICS

PHYS 101: Career and Technical Education Physics

The course is designed to help career technical education students acquire a better understanding of the physics applicable to their field.  The course is required for Associate of Science degrees in career and technical education.

PHYS 151: College Physics

The course covers the standard curriculum for the first year of algebra-based physics required for several science majors.  First semester topics include kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, waves, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics.

PHYS 170: General Physics

Physicists, chemists, engineers, and some other scientists consider calculus a valuable tool for problem solving.  PHYS 170 covers the standard curriculum for the first year of calculus-based physics for students interested in these science majors and careers. First semester topics include kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, waves, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. 


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