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Tracy Furutani

Random Sciences Instructor

Spring 2009 Classes

Meteorology 100 (TTh noon – 2:20 p.m., AS 1623) MeteorlogyDo you enjoy the Weather Channel? Or do you just want to know when it will stop snowing around here? And what about climate change? Use NSCC’s own weather station! Emphasis on the weather and climate (yes, those are not synonyms) of the Pacific Northwest. Text: The Weather of the Pacific Northwest by Cliff Mass, University of Washington Press, ISBN 978-0-295-98847-4. Sadly, this is not a lab class.

Geology 103 (MWF, noon - 2:20 p.m., AS 1623) Historical GeologyFossils! Plate tectonics! Evolution! Tie all of these topics together, and get a field trip to a fossil site to boot. Text: TBA shortly. Yes, a lab fee and an additional transportation fee of $15 is required in this class, but it does count towards lab credit.

Science 118 (See below) Volcano – Northwest Field TripPlease forgive the terrible course title; it was the best that a team of geology instructors across the state could do. We will go visit Mt. St. Helens on an all-day field trip Saturday, May 30. There are also meetings on-campus on Thursday night, May 28, and Thursday night, June 4, each for a couple of hours in AS 1623. Yes, a lab fee is charged for this course. Yes, an additional travel fee of $15 is charged for this class (hey, we gotta pay for the vans and gas somehow).

Winter 2009 Classes

Chemistry 121

(Section 03, lecture MTWTh 10:00 - 10:50 a.m., lab F 10:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.)

(Section 04, lecture MTWTh 11:00 - 11:50 a.m., lab M 1:00 - 3:50 p.m.)

Introduction to Chemistry First quarter introductory chemistry, lecture and lab. Designed for students going on into health fields, also good for students getting a lab science for their AA degree. Elements, compounds, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, acids and bases, buffers, nuclear chemistry basic organic chemistry. Yes, there is a lab fee.

Chemistry 256 (MW 6:00 - 7:20 p.m., AS 1520) Biochemistry Second quarter biochemistry, lecture only. Survey of the basic principles of biochemistry, but don't let that fool you; we assume that you've had a full year of organic chemistry. Yup, this is the one that counts towards pharmacy school; we're working on transferability to med school as BIOC 406.

Science 100 as part of C2 Science and Science Fiction integrated studies class (TTh, 9:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., CC 2153 and F, 9:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., AS 1521) Introduction to Science Cancelled due to low enrollment; try again next year.

Meteorology 100 (TTh, noon - 2:20 p.m., AS 1623) Introduction to Meteorology Cancelled due to low enrollment; try again in spring quarter.

Fall 2008 Classes

Geology 101 (MWF, noon - 2:20 p.m., AS 1623) Physical Geology Plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, oh my! If you;ve got an interest in some aspect of this planet, we'll cover it. A one-day weekend field trip is required. No prerequisites, except an interest in rocks. dirt and fossils. Yes, a lab fee is required in this class.

Chemistry 255 (MW 2:00 - 3:20 p.m. or MW 6:00 - 7:20 p.m., AS 1614) Biochemistry First quarter biochemistry, lecture only. Survey of the basic principles of biochemistry, but don't let that fool you; we assume that you've had a full year of organic chemistry. Yup, this is the one that counts towards pharmacy school; we're working on transferability to med school.

Astronomy 100 (TTh, 11:00 a.m. - 1:20 p.m., AS 1623) Introductory Astronomy An overview of stuff in the sky, from the Earth to the solar system to the galaxy to the universe, as well as the processes that keep all of this orderly. Sadly, this does not count as a lab class, but then again, we don't meet as often as the lab class does.

Summer 2008 Classes

Summer Science Program Unless you are a rising high school junior or senior, you aren't eligible for this very cool program, based in California and New Mexico. If you are, follow the link to learn how to apply.

Spring 2008 Classes

Chemistry 101 (MW, noon - 1:50 p.m., AS 1623, Th, noon - 2:50, AS 1519) General Chemistry First quarter introductory chemistry, lecture and lab. Designed for students going on into health fields, also good for students getting a lab science for their AA degree. Elements, compounds, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, acids and bases, buffers. Yes, there is a lab fee.

Chemistry 236 (TTh 6:00 - 7:50 p.m., AS 1627) Organic Chemistry Third and final quarter organic chemistry lecture. We will delve still further into reaction mechanisms, especially of carbonyls and amines. There is also the tantalizing promise of biochemical reactions, since this is a required course to take Chemistry 255, Biochemistry, in fall quarter. Prerequisite: CHE 235 or permission. No lab fee is required for this class; the corresponding lab for this class is CHE 239.

Geology 101 (MW, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., AS 1623) Physical GeologyThis is a hybrid course - the on-campus meetings listed above are primarily for doing labs, though there will be some on-line labs. This course is a survey of different aspects of geology, from volcanoes to plate tectonics to fossils to minerals. There is a required one-day Saturday field trip to go look at some of these materials and processes as they happen. Yes, a lab fee is required in this class.

Geology 102 (MTW, 10:00 - 11:50 a.m., Th, 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. AS 1623) Environmental Geology Cancelled due to low enrollment; take the Geology 101 evening course and we can talk about how to fulfill this course's requirements.

Geology 103 (MWTh noon - 2:30 p.m., AS 1623) Evolution of the Earth Cancelled due to low enrollment; take the Geology 101 evening course and we can talk about how to fulfill this course's requirements.

Winter 2008 Classes

Geology 102 (MW, noon - 2:20 p.m., AS 1623) Environmental Geology Cancelled due to low enrollment; try again in spring quarter.

Geology 108 (WTh, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., AS 1623) Gems, Minerals and Fossils Cancelled due to low enrollment; try again in fall quarter.

Chemistry 140 (MTWTh 11:00 - 11:50 a.m., AS 1614; also M 1:00 - 4:20 p.m., AS 1519) General Chemistry First quarter general chemistry, lecture and lab. Nature of matter, classification of reactions, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, gas laws, quantum mechanics, basic bonding. MAT 102 (College algebra) is a prerequisite; English proficiency is strongly recommended. Be prepared to do a lot of work, and, yes, there is a lab fee.

Chemistry 238 (TTh, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., AS 1515; also W 2:00 - 2:50 p.m., ED 2841) Organic Chemistry Lab First quarter organic chemistry lab. We will study the methods of separation, purification and characterization of organic compounds, and will consider green chemistry principles throughout the quarter. Prerequisite: CHE 231 or permission. Yes, a lab fee is required in this class.

Chemistry 235 (M 6:00 - 7:50 p.m., WTh 6:00 - 6:50 p.m., AS 1614) Organic Chemistry Second quarter organic chemistry. We will delve further into reaction mechanisms, especially with heteroatoms. The emphasis in this course, though, will be on characterization techniques; in other words, how do I know I made what I claim I made? Prerequisite: CHE 231 or permission. No lab fee is required for this class; the corresponding lab for this class is CHE 238.

Fall 2007 Classes

Geology 101 (MWF, noon - 2:20 p.m., AS 1623) Physical Geology The Earth is the source of all matter used by humans. The processes of the Earth try to kill us. Why isn't life ever simple? A one-day weekend field trip is required (we promise a very nice day at the very least), and there will be fossils involved. No prerequisites, except an interest in rocks and fossils. Yes, a lab fee is required in this class.

Chemistry 231 (TTh 6 - 7:50 p.m., AS 1627) Organic Chemistry First quarter organic chemistry, lecture only. This is the big time, folks; you should have the prereqs (the general chemistry 140/150/160 series) and, more importantly, have retained a lot of that knowledge. Not for the faint of heart. Yup, this is the one that counts towards pharmacy school.

Astronomy 100 (TTh, 11:00 a.m. - 1:20 p.m., AS 1623) Introductory Astronomy The textbook alone is worth taking this course! If you can overcome math phobia to allow use of a four-function calculator, and you want to have a good overview of modern and ancient astronomy, take this class. Sadly, this does not count as a lab class, but then again, we don't meet as often as the lab class does.

Summer 2007 Classes

Chemistry 101 (MTWTh, 10:50 a.m. - 1 p.m., AS 1519 and 1623) General Chemistry First quarter introductory chemistry, lecture and lab. Ideal for students going on into health fields. Elements, compounds, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, acids and bases, buffers. There is a lab fee.

Science 119 Natural History of the Pacific Northwest (team taught with Ann Murkowski) Discover the interplay between the geology and biology of Lopez and Orcas Islands in the San Juans. This trip will be physically strenuous, with multi-mile hikes each day, culminating in an 11-mile kayaking experience. The trip dates are Monday, July 30 to Thursday, August 2.

Geology 101 (TTh, 10:50 a.m. - 2:50 p.m., AS 1623) Physical Geology Cancelled due to low enrollment; try again in fall quarter.

Spring 2007 Classes

Chemistry 160 (MW 6:00 - 9:50 p.m., AS 1519) General Chemistry Third quarter general chemistry, lecture and lab. Acids, bases, delicate shifts in equilibrium, electrochemistry, free energy, various elements, organic intro, organometallic chemistry. Be prepared to do a lot of work, and, yes, there is a lab fee.

Chemistry 239 (MW, noon - 2:50 p.m., AS 1515) Organic Chemistry Lab Second quarter organic chemistry lab. Lots and lots of syntheses, followed by work-up then characterization. Prerequisite: CHE 238 or permission. Yes, a lab fee is required in this class.

Science 119 (T, 9 - 9:50 a.m., ED 0844C) Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Travel with us to see the evidence of the last great extinction at the end of the last ice age. Great changes occurred to the landforms and lifeforms of western Washington over 10,000 years ago; be aware of your geological and biological heritage. Field trips are Saturday, April 21 (all day), and Saturday-Sunday, May 19 and 20 (overnight field trip, you will need a sleeping bag at a minimum). Yes, a lab fee is charged for this course. Yes, an additional travel fee is charged for this class (hey, we gotta pay for the vans and gas somehow).

Winter 2007 Classes

Geology 102 (TThF, 11 a.m. - 1:20 p.m., AS 1623) Environmental Geology Cancelled due to low enrollment.

Chemistry 150 (MW 6:00 - 9:50 p.m., AS 1519) General Chemistry Second quarter general chemistry, lecture and lab. Thermodynamics, gas laws, material science, kinetics. Be prepared to do a lot of work, and, yes, there is a lab fee.

Chemistry 238 (MW, noon - 2:50 p.m., AS 1515) Organic Chemistry Lab First quarter organic chemistry lab. We will study the methods of separation, purification and characterization of organic compounds, and will consider green chemistry principles throughout the quarter. Prerequisite: CHE 231 or permission. Yes, a lab fee is required in this class.

Fall 2006 Classes

Geology 101 (MWF, noon - 2:20 p.m., AS 1623) Physical Geology The Earth is the source of all matter used by humans. The processes of the Earth try to kill us. Why isn't life ever simple? A one-day weekend field trip is required (we promise a very nice day at Mt. Baker at the very least), and there will be fossils involved. No prerequisites, except an interest in rocks and fossils. Yes, a lab fee is required in this class.

Chemistry 140 (MW 5:40 - 9:40 p.m., AS 1519) General Chemistry First quarter general chemistry, lecture and lab. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, acids/bases, redox. Be prepared to do a lot of work, and, yes, there is a lab fee.

Astronomy 100 (TTh, 11 a.m. - 1:20 p.m., AS 1623) Introductory Astronomy It's a good overview of modern and ancient astronomy, and if you want some misconceptions about Pluto cleared up, this is the class to take. We'll try to use the campus observatory one clear night to take some digital images of objects in the night sky. Sadly, this does not count as a lab class, but then again, we don't meet as often as the lab class does.