HC241H: Atoms: Mother Nature's Legos

Professor: Rebecca Altman

4.00 credits

  • CRN 21059: Monday & Wednesday, 1400-1520 @ FEN 119

This course will explore how mother nature uses atoms in the same ways we use Legos: to develop art, function, and creativity. By  engaging with the three-dimensional nature of molecules, we will learn  why their shapes are crucial to some of the most important parts of our lives, such as food, technology, and our DNA. Beginning with an artistic perspective of molecules, we will use  their three-dimensional shapes to form our own art inspired by molecular structures and functions. Our appreciation of molecular shapes will motivate our exploration and questioning of how their structures define the physical properties of materials that we interact with every day on a macroscopic level. We will learn how mother nature has become creative in designing and redesigning molecules whose shapes and properties maximize those desired functions- and we will design our own.