HC101H - Symmetry

Professor: Lindsay Hinkle

4.00 credits

  • CRN 12400: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00-11:20am @ GSH 132
  • CRN 12408: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00-1:20pm @ GSH 130

The symmetry of a pattern provides visual interest.  The symmetry of a molecule affects its function.  But what does it really mean to be symmetric or to have symmetry?  How do these definitions change from one discipline to the next?  In this course, we will explore these questions by analyzing the symmetry of art, molecules, music, and more with a critical eye.  As a group, we will discuss our findings and their potential consequences. To cover this topic from all angles, we will also investigate instances where the absence of symmetry may be advantageous and look for symmetry where it first appears absent.  Throughout the course we will develop our discussion, research, and writing skills as we utilize different aspects of inquiry and problem solving in the liberal arts.  These skills will help students be successful in their subsequent, interdisciplinary and liberal arts coursework.