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Professor

Neal Evans

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Courses - Spr '09  |  Course Website

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Extraterrestrial Life Schedule

Printable Schedule (pdf)

Schedule: Be sure to do the reading assignments before the class they are assigned for. Those who are prepared and ask questions or contribute to discussion will receive extra credit. If the scheduled office hours are not possible for you, we will make appointments for other times. Reading Assignments refer to chapters in the Class notes (Evans) or to the whole of the novel Contact by Carl Sagan. You should start reading Contact by about Spring Break, marking passages that discuss communications or travel ideas. Then review these before classes when those topics are discussed.

Date  
Topic
Reading Assignments
Drake Equation Factor
1/20
Course Overview
1
 
1/22
Origin of Elements
2
 
1/27
Origin of Stars
3A-3C
R*
1/29
Origin of Planets
3D
fp
2/3
Nature of Solar Systems
3E
 
2/5
Habitable Planets
3F
ne
2/10
Habitable Planets
3F
 
2/12
Nature of Life
4A
 
2/17
Test 1 (Ch. 1-3)
 
 
2/19
Origin of Life
4B-C
fl
2/24
Origin of Life
4D
 
2/26
Alternatives
4E-4G
 
3/3
Life in Solar System
5A-B
 
3/5
Life in Solar System
5C-D
 
3/10
Test 2 (Ch. 4-5)
 
 
3/12
Biological Evolution
6A
 
3/17
Spring Break
Start Reading Contact
 
3/19
Spring Break
 
 
3/24
Origin of Intelligence
6B
fi
3/26
Cultural Evolution
7A
Paper topics due
3/31
Evolution of World View
7B
fc
4/2
Lifetime
7C
L
4/7
Future of Civilization
7D
 
4/9
Test 3 (Ch. 6-7)
 
 
4/14
Drake Equation
8
N, r
4/16
Communication
9A-D
Paper due
4/21
Communication
9E
 
4/23
Contact (Communication)
Contact
 
4/28
Travel
10A-B
 
4/30
Visitations?
10C
Paper rewrite due
5/5
Contact (Travel, Reactions)
Contact
Course evaluation
5/7
Test 4 (Ch. 8-10 & Contact)
 
 



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