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Origin of an Inhabited Planet
ORG PLANET
CLASS CODE: PH 480 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Describes the origin of the universe, the Solar System, and Earth as reconstructed by modern science as a review the physics curriculum.
DESCRIPTION: Capstone experience. Reviews the theories of modern physics (plus some geology and biology) as they relate to the origin of the universe, the origin of the Solar System, the Earth and Moon, and the development of life on this planet. Shows how modern science is used to explain manís origin. Discusses the relationship of these theories to the gospel of Jesus Christ, including areas of agreement and conflicts. Describes principles that can be used to reconcile science and religion.
TOPICS: Review of the philosophy of science and the theories of physics. Origin of the Universe, origin of the Sun and planets, origin of the Earth and Moon, historical development of the Earth and life on its surface. Agreement and conflicts between this reconstruction and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
OBJECTIVES: The student will a) understand and be able to use the theories of modern physics as they relate to the origin of the Earth, b) describe modern scienceís reconstruction of the origin of this planet and explain why it is so widely believed today, c) discuss how this reconstruction and the Genesis account compliment each other, d) outline principles that may be used to reconcile science and our religion.
REQUIREMENTS: Homework assignments, exams, research paper, group project and presentation, short papers.
PREREQUISITES: Ph 309, Ph 332, Ph 333, Ph 336
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001