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Chemistry Introductory Courses

CHEM 24N. Nutrition and History

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Intended to broaden the introductory chemistry experience. The biochemical basis of historically important nutritional deficiencies (vitamins, minerals, starvation, metabolic variants that predispose to disease) and environmental toxins is related to physiological action and the sociological, political, and economic consequences of its effect on human populations. Prerequisite: high school chemistry. Recommended: 31A,B, or 31X, or 33.

2 units, Spr (Huestis, W)

CHEM 25N. Science in the News

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Possible topics include: diseases such as avian flu, HIV, and malaria; environmental issues such as climate change, atmospheric pollution, and human population; energy sources in the future; evolution; stem cell research; nanotechnology; and drug development. Focus is on the scientific basis for these topics as a basis for intelligent discussion of societal and political implications. Sources include the popular media and scientific media for the nonspecialist, especially those available on the web.

3 units, Aut (Andersen, H)

CHEM 25Q. Science-in-Theatre: A New Genre?

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. How scientists acquire their rules, mores, and idiosyncrasies through a form of intellectual osmosis in a mentor-disciple relationship. Scientists represented as Frankensteins or nerds, rather than normal. Why more intellectually challenging plays have appeared on the Anglo-American theatre scene where scientific behavior and even science are presented accurately. Students engage in a playwriting experiment.

2 units, Win (Djerassi, C)

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