Physics 13 - Life in the Universe
Physics 13 is an introductory course in the interdisciplinary study of Astrobiology or “Life in the Universe”. The course provides scientific tools and perspectives on how we define and identify life, how life began and evolved on Earth, and potential methods of searching for life beyond Earth. Ideas in this course are framed in the disciplines of astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry, and geology. Students conduct independent research projects and the class has group field trips. I instructed this course in Fall 2015 and will be teaching it again in Fall 2016.