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The Art and Science of Color

The Art and Science of Color

The Art and Science of Color, also known as “Color!,” is a course in TCNJ’s First Seminar Program (FSP 141) that was designed to help students who are interested in art to learn about the history of colors, when and how new colors appeared on artists’ palettes, their impact on various cultures, and their impact on art. Combining art history, chemistry, and physics, students learn toContinue Reading

Kitchen Chemistry

Kitchen Chemistry

A new chemistry course has turned up the heat and transformed a campus kitchen into a lab that analyzes one of the oldest applications of chemistry and chemical research: Cooking. Dr. Benny Chan’s “Kitchen Chemistry” course is a hands-on, experimental class that has senior chemistry students donning aprons instead of lab coats, as a way to breakdown chemical principles such asContinue Reading

Exploring London Through the World of Art and Chemistry

Exploring London Through the World of Art and Chemistry

What can you do for three weeks in London? Join Professor Lynn Bradley, professor and associate chair of chemistry, and Professor Elizabeth Mackie, professor of art and program coordinator for fine arts, on an excursion of this global European city and find out. This faculty-lead Maymester course, “Exploring London through the World of Art and Chemistry,” explores the history andContinue Reading

The Physics of Clouds and Climate

The Physics of Clouds and Climate

The white and puffy ones are cumulus clouds. The wispy and thin ones are cirrus clouds. Then there’s the nimbus, which signals rain. These are a few classifications of clouds that we often see in the sky. Other than giving you shade on hot and sunny days or bringing a sudden soakingContinue Reading

Conducting Robots

Conducting Robots

Conducting Robots is research-based, multidisciplinary course taught by four faculty members from Computer Science, Interactive Multimedia, Mechanical Engineering, and Music. The course allows students from each discipline to construct artificial systems capable of conducting an orchestra and visualizing feedback. In essence, the students create a robotic “maestro” that mimics the arm movements and facial expressions of a human conductor at work. The course was originally created with the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.Continue Reading

The Science Behind HOUSE

The Science Behind HOUSE

Among the famous House-isms, as the pearls of cynical wisdom from the mouth of Dr. Gregory House, M.D., have come to be known, is the reoccurring assertion that, everybody lies.” Here at TCNJ, it is no lie though that first-year students have the opportunity to watch the popular television drama and learn about the science and medicine depicted in the series but also to engage discussion on its broader sociological themes.Continue Reading

The Natural History of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador

The Natural History of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador

Charles Darwin’s voyage to the Galapagos Islands inspired the masterpiece of scientific thinking known as the theory of evolution by natural selection. Every biology student learns about it in the classroom but few have the opportunity to follow in Darwin’s footsteps and explore the islands firsthand. Yet come May, a group of students enrolled in The Natural History of the Galapagos Islandsand Ecuador will be doing just that.Continue Reading

People and Places in the East African Rift

People and Places in the East African Rift

People and Places in the East African Rift is an interdisciplinary course taught by a physicist and a historian. The course is organized around one fundamental question: what is the relationship between physical landscapes and the human societies that inhabit them? The main goals are for students to understand how unique geological and environmental features came to exist, to analyze how these features affected the various human societies that came to inhabit the regions, and how these landscape features and different societies both evolved through time.Continue Reading

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