Jan 20, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog
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GSC 1153 - Trees on the Hill: The Science of Wood

Credits: 4
What can one learn about science simply by studying a common substance, wood, found all around us? The biology of a tree investigates the growth and structure of trees and methods for identifying different woods (for example, in antique furniture). The physics of wood explores the strength of wood and how simple machines apply to woodworking techniques. The chemistry of wood reveals what holds a tree together and how protective finishes are used to protect and beautify wood. Associated biographical readings explore wood in literature and the sociological aspects of humans in tune with nature. Mini-labs will provide opportunities to experience what it was like to work in a 19th-century carpentry shop.
Prerequisites Mathematics 1001 and 1002 or placement above Mathematics 1002.
McDaniel Plan: Scientific Inquiry Embedded Lab



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