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What will happen to the terrestrial intelligent world if humans are gone tomorrow? Watch this interesting video from PBS.
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This course will have about 50% lectures and 50% student presentations + discussion sessions.
For each core subject (highlighted in red in "Course Topics" below) relevant to the general theme of finding extraterrestrial intelligence in the Universe, we begin by presentation by students on sub-topics relevant to the core subject. Then, during the following week or one after, I will present a summary on the subject. When we finish a particular subject, each student needs to submit a half-page, single-spaced report by the end of the week (mid-night Sunday) via email. Make sure you receive an acknowledgement for your submission.
For short presentations by students, I will announce topics for the student presentation during the preceeding class. Student's presentations need to be prepared in the PowerPoint format (or use your own notebook) and it is expected to be about 10 minutes long (i.e., about 10 slides). Throughout the semester, each student is required to make at least 2 presentations.
There won't be a test for this course and letter grades will be given based on student's participation in discussion/presentation sessions (40%), submitted short reports (50%), and semi-random attendance checks (10%).
Credits: 1 hour
Grading: Traditional letter (A-F) grades will be assigned based on presentation sessions (30%), participation during discussion sessions (20%), and short reports (50%).
|A >= 90||80 <= B < 90||70 <= C < 80||60 <= D < 70||F < 60|
Students are required to attend 3 or more campus events (https://fyo.uga.edu/BrowseEvents.aspx) as part of this course. One of events may be a mandatory attendance to a Physics department colloquium if there is a relevant talk in the semester.
Course Topics (Tentative):
Date Class# Topic 08/15 1 Introduction. Overall description of the class and Astrobiology. 08/22 2 Searching for Life on Mars : Mars Rover, Curiosity. 08/29 3 Student's presentations on Chemical life and non-chemical life. 09/05 4 Do aliens need Carbon and H2O? Report on Carbon/H2O based life. 09/12 5 Biology of Life: DNA and Technology 09/19 6 Evolution toward technology : Are we the only intelligent being on the Earth? 09/26 7 Open discussion on the intelligence. Report on the Evolution toward Technology. 10/03 8 Searching for life in the Universe 10/10 9 Student's presentations ("Wow signal", "active SETI", "SETI protocol") 10/17 ? SETI debate ("Shostak", "Zuckerman") Report on SETI debate (Read two articles: one by Shostak and the other by Zuckerman). 10/24 10 Student's presentations ("Galactic colonization", "Drake Equation", "Fermi Paradox"x2) 10/31 11 Drake Equation and Fermi Paradox Report on Fermi Paradox. 11/07 12 Student's presentations ("Definition of exoplanets", Pulsar timing, Doppler shift, Transits, Micro-lensing, Direct Imaging) 11/14 13 Extra-solar Planets Report on Exoplanets. 11/21 Thanksgiving Break
Please take a moment to submit your evaluation on this course. I plan to teach this course semi-regularly. Your evaluation will be very helpful to improve this course so that it will be more useful to future students.
The evaluation site can be accessed from here.
|SETI debate: Zuckerman||2.39 MB|
|SETI debate: Shostak||1.56 MB|
Please use the attached template for your presentation. I suggest to prepare roughly 10 slides for your presentation.
Wow signal : R. Usher
METI + SETI protocol : B. Haag
SETI debate, Shostak : E. Bair
SETI debate, Zuckerman : A. Austin
Galactic colonization : M. Murphy
Drake Equation : C. Smith
Ferimi Paradox : M. Alden
Definition of exoplanets: H. Jones
Detection method (pulsar timing) : A. Templeton
Detection method (Doppler shift) : T. Brodowsky
Detection method (Transit) : L. Ghanouni
Detection method (micro-lensing) : K. Rahman
Detection method (Direct imaging) : C. Sherman
Here are topics for the additional report (for extra credit).
The format of the report is
The due date is Dec 2 (midnight).