How to Build a Habitable Planet
We live on the only inhabited planet we've discovered so far. Through modern science, we have learned much about what makes a planet habitable and how one might be created. It was not a trivial undertaking! This course explores:
- The origin of the atoms from which planets and life are made,
- The origin and structure of the universe, galaxies, stars, our solar system, and Earth;
- The origin and function of Earth's atmosphere, oceans, and continents; and
- How has Earth maintained habitability through time. In addition, the course will strengthen your ability to form and defend interpretations based on observations.
Contents & Topics
Unit 1: Science as a process for discovering truths: Observation and Interpretation
Unit 2: The raw materials-Where did they come from?
Unit 3. Origin of H and He; Constructing a Habitable Earth.
Unit 4: The Earth's Habitability
Unit 5: How the Earth became Habitable for us
Goals and Objectives
This course should enable you to:
- Articulate the relationship between observation and interpretation; form and defend interpretations based on observations.
- Describe their understanding and appreciation of the strengths and limitations of science as a method for discovering truth.
- Express the relationship between discovered and revealed truth; apply both sources of truth to address questions that lie at the science-religion interface.
- Explain the principles that govern the formation, development, and maintenance of habitable worlds.
- Demonstrate a sense of curiosity and awe about the Creation.
- Daily Preparation
- Class Projects
- Ponder/Prove Activities
- Other Activities
- Completion of FDSCI101 with a D- or higher
- Completion of FDENG101 with a D- or higher
- Completion of FDMAT108 with a D- or higher
Winter, Spring, Fall