Faculty: Brad Smucker
Description: You’ve seen how the MythBusters on the series validate or “bust” intriguing myths – now you can do it too. But how does one design an experiment to verify an idea? Is there an accepted methodology? And once you have results, how can you communicate them to the community? Answers to these questions begin with a simple yet elegant approach: observation. It is the first step towards generating and designing specific experiments to verify an explanation. We will start the course by learning how to design experiments and then the real ‘MythBusting’ begins: we will disprove (or confirm), through experimentation, a host of societal perceptions, urban legends, and/or viral videos. Finally, we will assemble our results using new media and disseminate them to the community. Laboratory work will be a major component.
Meeting Information: 01/02/2023-01/24/2023 M-F 09:30AM – 04:20PM, Room to be Announced
Section Requisite: None
Course Fee: $75
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expense: N/A