Introductory Courses with Explicit Emphasis on Problem Solving
Carleton Courses with Problem Solving
Several introductory science and math courses include problem-solving sections that are offered in addition to regular class time or in place of some lab time. Faculty facilitate and coach students who are working actively on problems individually and in teams. These courses with problem solving components are designed to level the playing for students regardless of previous science background. In addition, the active learning component of the course is beneficial for students who like to learn by doing.
- Biology 125. Genes, Evolution, and Development: A Problem Solving Approach This offering of Biology 125 offers a problem solving approach and covers the same concepts as the winter version of Biology 125. The course format allows time in class to apply new concepts by working through case study type problems with faculty present. Students enter Carleton from a wide variety of academic experiences, and this offering of Biology 125 is designed to provide a level playing field for students regardless of previous science background. In addition, the active learning component of the course is beneficial for students who like to learn by doing. Students who complete this course are well-prepared to continue on to Biology 126.
- Chemistry 123. Principles of Chemistry An introduction to chemistry for students who have taken high school chemistry or Chemistry 122. Topics include the electronic structure of atoms, periodicity, molecular geometry, thermodynamics, bonding, equilibrium, reaction kinetics, and acids and bases. Substantial independent project work is included in the lab. Each offering will also focus on a special topic(s) selected by the instructor. Students cannot receive credit for both Chemistry 123 and 128.
- Math 101. Calculus with Problem Solving An introduction to the central ideas of calculus with review and practice of those skills needed for the continued study of calculus. Problem solving strategies will be emphasized. (Meets Monday through Friday). Not open to students who have received credit for Math 111.