Tracy Furutani

Random Sciences Instructor, 206-934-4509, tfurutan@northseattle.edu

 

Fall 2017 classes

Physics 221 (Section 3) Engineering Physics I (TW, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m., Th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., AS 1527) Physics with calculus: Fundamentals of mechanics, culminating in orbital mechanics and trebuchets. Definitely a lab course; you will not believe the amount of error analysis you do. MATH& 151 (Calculus I) and PHYS& 114 (or high school physics) are prerequisites.

 

Physics 221 (Section 6) Engineering Physics I (TTh, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m., W, 1:00 – 3:50 p.m., AS 1527) Physics with calculus: Fundamentals of mechanics, culminating in orbital mechanics and trebuchets. Definitely a lab course; you will not believe the amount of error analysis you do. MATH& 151 (Calculus I) and PHYS& 114 (or high school physics) are prerequisites.

 

Summer 2017 classes

Summer Science Program is a five-and-a-half-week residential astronomy and physics-based program from rising high school juniors and seniors. Situated on the campus of University of Colorado, Boulder, students will observe and measure the position of a near-Earth asteroid, and then write a computer program to predict the asteroid’s motion using celestial mechanics.

 

Spring 2017 classes

Physics 223 (Section 6) Engineering Physics III (TTh, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m., AS 1521, W, 1:00 –3:50 p.m., AS 1527) Introduction to simple harmonic motion, waves, sound, electromagnetic radiation, optics, so-called “modern” physics. Definitely a lab course. MATH& 152 (Calculus II) and PHYS& 222 are prerequisites.

 

Physics 223 (Section 9) Engineering Physics III (T, 6:00 – 9:20 p.m., AS 1527, Th, 6:00 –9:20 p.m., AS 1521) Introduction to simple harmonic motion, waves, sound, electromagnetic radiation, optics, so-called “modern” physics. Definitely a lab course. MATH& 152 (Calculus II) and PHYS& 222 are prerequisites.

 

Winter 2017 classes

Physics 222 (Section 6) Engineering Physics II (TTh, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m., AS 1521, W, 1:00 –3:50 p.m., AS 1527) Or what we like to call “when it really gets real physics”. Fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, culminating in the Maxwell’s Equations. A lab course. MATH& 152 (Calculus II) and PHYS& 221 are prerequisites.

 

Physics 222 (Section 9) Engineering Physics II (T, 6:00 – 9:20 p.m., AS 1527, Th, 6:00 –9:20 p.m., AS 1521) Or what we like to call “when it really gets real physics”. Fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, culminating in the Maxwell’s Equations. A lab course. MATH& 152 (Calculus II) and PHYS& 221 are prerequisites.

 

Fall 2016 classes

Physics 221 (Section 3) Engineering Physics I (T, 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., AS 1521, W, 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., AS 1527, Th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., AS 1527) Physics with calculus: Fundamentals of mechanics, culminating in the derivation of Newton’s formulation of Kepler’s Third Law of Planetary Motion. Definitely a lab course; you will not believe the amount of error analysis you do. MATH& 151 (Calculus I) and PHYS& 114 (or high school physics) are prerequisites

 

Physics 221 (Section 6) Engineering Physics I (T, 1:15 – 3:05 p.m., AS 1521, W, 1:15 – 4:05 p.m., AS 1527, Th, 1:15 – 3:05 p.m., AS 1521) Physics with calculus: Fundamentals of mechanics, culminating in the derivation of Newton’s formulation of Kepler’s Third Law of Planetary Motion. Definitely a lab course; you will not believe the amount of error analysis you do. MATH& 151 (Calculus I) and PHYS& 114 (or high school physics) are prerequisites

 

Summer 2016 classes

Chemistry 312 Inorganic Chemistry (Lecture: MWF, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., BAG 154) Introduction to group theory and spectroscopy, especially with regard to inorganic and organometallic compounds; electrochemical potentials; catalysis and organometallic chemistry. Prerequisite: either CHEM 155 or CHEM 162, and either CHEM 224, 238 or 336.

 

Physics 223 Engineering Physics III (M, 5:30 – 9:40 p.m., AS 1527, W, 5:30 – 9:40 p.m., AS 1521) Introduction to simple harmonic motion, waves, sound, electromagnetic radiation, optics, so-called “modern” physics. Definitely a lab course. MATH& 152 (Calculus II) and PHYS& 222 are prerequisites.

 

 

Spring 2016 classes

Astronomy 102 Space and Space Travel (TTh, 6 – 8:20 p.m., AS 1623) This hybrid course is a survey of the science, engineering, history and politics of the human exploration of space, from the early ideas of physics to the cutting-edge design of spacecraft, culminating in a term project in which teams will launch a water-pressurized rocket 100 feet up. Not a lab course, so no lab fee; Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite. Reserve Saturday, April 23 for a trip to watch high-powered rocket launches in Mansfield, Washington.

 

America's Land and People (a Geology 115/History 150 coordinated studies course) America’s Land and People (M–Th, 9 – 11:50, in either AS 1623 or CC 2153) This coordinated studies course is jointly taught with Scott Rausch. Selected parts of American history will be viewed through the prism of national and other parks. The geology of these parks will help explain the later human history of the parks, and the assignments and projects will reflect this connection. You must enroll for BOTH courses. There will be an all-day Saturday field trip on May 14. There are no prerequisites for this course, and the coordinated studies course satisfies a whole passel of AA degree requirements.

 

Winter 2016 classes

Physics 221 Engineering Physics I (MT, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m., AS 1527, WTh, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m., AS 1521, Th, 1:00 – 3:50 p.m., AS 1527) Or what we like to call “real physics”. Fundamentals of mechanics, culminating in the derivation of Newton’s formulation of Kepler’s Third Law of Planetary Motion. Definitely a lab course; you will not believe the amount of error analysis you do. MATH& 151 (Calculus I) and PHYS& 114 (or high school physics) are prerequisites.

 

Chemistry 256 Biochemistry II (MW, 6:00 – 7:20 p.m., AS 1521) A continuation of the two-quarter biochemistry series for pre-pharmacy and other professional programs. This quarter will concentrate on the biochemistry of lipids and nucleic acids. Not a lab course; Biochemistry I (Chemistry 255) is a prerequisite.

 

Meteorology 100 Introduction to Climate and Weather CANCELLED

 

Chemistry 242 Organic Chemistry II CANCELLED

However, Chemistry 241 (MTWTh, 9:00 – 9:50 a.m., AS 1623) is still offered, and will be a normally-paced class.

 

Fall 2015 classes

Chemistry 255 Biochemistry I (MW, 6:00 – 7:20 p.m., AS 1520) The first quarter of the two-quarter biochemistry series for pre-pharmacy and other professional programs. This quarter will concentrate on the biochemistry of proteins and carbohydrates, including metabolic pathways. Not a lab course; the organic chemistry series (Chemistry 241,242,243) is a prerequisite. Transfers to UW as BIOC 405.

 

Astronomy 102 Space and Space Travel (TTh, noon – 2:20 p.m., AS 1623) A hybrid course, originally part of the North Blend project (but now during the day!), this course is a survey of the science, engineering, history and politics of the human exploration of space, from the early ideas of physics to the cutting-edge design of spacecraft, culminating in a term project in which teams will launch a water-pressurized rocket 100 feet up. Not a lab course, so no lab fee; Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite. Reserve Saturday, October 24 for a trip to watch high-powered rocket launches in Mansfield, Washington.

 

Geology 101 Physical Geology (MW, noon – 3:00 p.m., AS 1623) An introduction to the Earth’s materials and processes, with specific applications to the geography of the Pacific Northwest, including Cascades volcanism and earthquakes. Counts as a lab science course; lab and transportation fee required. Saturday field trip required. This quarter we will have a term project on the hydrology of a north King County watershed.

 

Summer 2015 classes

Summer Science Program is a five-and-a-half-week residential astronomy and physics-based program from rising high school juniors and seniors. Situated on the campus of University of Colorado, Boulder, students will observe and measure the position of a near-Earth asteroid, and then write a computer program to predict the asteroid’s motion using celestial mechanics.

 

Spring 2015 classes

 

Astronomy 102 Space and Space Travel (MW, noon – 1:50 p.m., AS 1623) A hybrid “flipped” course, part of the North Blend project, this course is a survey of the science, engineering, history and politics of the human exploration of space, from the early ideas of physics to the cutting-edge design of spacecraft, culminating in a term project in which teams will launch a water-pressurized rocket 100 feet up. Not a lab course, so no lab fee; Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite.

 

Chemistry 121 Intro to Chemistry (TTh, 6:00 – 9:20 p.m., HS 2640E) General chemistry for allied health majors, including nursing. Topics include units and measurement, atomic and molecular structure, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, equilibrium and acids, bases and buffers. This is a lab course; lab fees apply. Intermediate algebra (MATH 098) is a prerequisite.

 

Meteorology 100 Introduction to Climate and Weather CANCELLED

 

Science 119 Natural History of the Pacific Northwest CANCELLED

 

Winter 2015 classes

I am still on a sabbatical leave. But here are some recommendations:

 

Chemistry 256 Biochemistry II (TTh, 6:00 – 7:20 p.m., AS 1627) A continuation of the two-quarter biochemistry series for pre-pharmacy and other professional programs. This quarter will concentrate on the biochemistry of lipids and nucleic acids. Not a lab course; Biochemistry I (Chemistry 255) is a prerequisite.

 

 

Fall 2014 classes

I am going on sabbatical leave for this quarter and the next, but I can completely recommend:

 

Chemistry 255 Biochemistry I (TTh, 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m., or MW, 6:00 – 7:20 p.m.) Jim Patterson teaches the beginning of the two-quarter biochemistry series for pre-pharmacy and other professional programs. I totally recommend him as an instructor, and legions of his organic chem students will agree with me. This quarter will concentrate on the biochemistry of proteins and carbohydrates, including metabolic pathways. Not a lab course; the organic chemistry series (Chemistry 241,242,243) is a prerequisite. Transfers to UW as BIOC 405.

 

Astronomy 100 Introductory Astronomy (TTh, noon – 2:20 p.m., AS 1623) Linda Khandro, a long-time astronomy and other earth sciences instructor, leads you through a survey of things celestial, from the ground to the edge of the universe, concentrating on the solar system and the stars, with application of physics and chemistry to astronomical ideas. Not a lab course; Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite.

 

Geology 101 Physical Geology (MW, noon – 3:00 p.m., AS 1623) What can I say about John Figge, our earth and environmental sciences instructor and NASA ambassador, that hasn’t been said better by his students? You will love his introduction to the Earth’s materials and processes, with specific applications to the geography of the Pacific Northwest, including Cascades volcanism and earthquakes. Counts as a lab science course; lab and transportation fee required. Saturday field trip required. If you’re looking for an online Geology 101 course, look no further than Mike Harrell’s course (section D1).

 

Geology 106 Dinosaurs (W, 6:00 – 8:50 p.m., AS 1623) Tom Braziunas, my former grad school office mate and current eLearning Director at North, puts his years at the Field Museum in Chicago to deliver a breath-taking overview of dinosaurs, from their classification and anatomy to their environment and behavior – and what their extinction can tell us about the future of humanity. This is a hybrid course, meaning that there is but one on-campus meeting weekly, plus some instruction online.

 

Summer 2014 classes

Chemistry 321 Quantitative Analysis (Lecture: MWF, 10:50 – 11:50 a.m., BAG 260; Lab sections AA and AB) Introduction to chemical analysis, including gravimetric, volumetric, spectrophotometric, and potentiometric analyses. Laboratory computer use included. Prerequisite: either CHEM 155, CHEM 162, or CHEM 164

 

Science 129 Natural History through Field Studies: Mountains to Sound CANCELLED

 

Spring 2014 classes

Geology 103 The Evolution of the Earth (MW, noon – 2:50 p.m., AS 1623) Also known as “historical geology”, it’s a tour from Earth’s beginnings to its present, as recorded in the rocks. I hear tell that fossils will be involved. In addition to the class time during the week, there is a Saturday all-day field trip on May 10. Counts as a lab science course, so a lab fee is required, as well as a transportation fee for the vans we’ll be using.

 

Science 119 Natural History of the Pacific Northwest (T, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m., AS 1520) We have a lot of plants here in the great Pacific Northwest. But did we always? Yes. But they were quite different! See what plants and fossils of plants can tell us about our past and present. In addition  to the class time during the week, there are all-day field trips on Saturday, May 3; Sunday, May 4; and Saturday, June 7. Counts as a lab science course, so a lab fee is required, as well as a transportation fee for the vans we’ll be using.

 

Winter 2014 classes

Astronomy 102 Space and Space Travel (W, 6:00 – 8:50 p.m., AS 1623) A hybrid “flipped” course, part of the North Blend project, this course is a survey of the science, engineering, history and politics of the human exploration of space, from the early ideas of physics to the cutting-edge design of spacecraft, culminating in a term project in which teams will launch a water-pressurized rocket 100 feet up (Saturday, March 22 at 9 a.m.). Not a lab course; Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite.

 

Chemistry 161 General Chemistry I (MTWTh, noon – 1:50 p.m., AS 1519 and AS 1521) The first quarter of the three-quarter general chemistry sequence: in this quarter, the topics covered are oxidation-reduction reactions, enthalpy, structure of the atom, chemical bonding including valence bond and molecular orbital theory. This is the so-called “majors sequence” meaning that if you are majoring in any science or engineering field, this is the sequence to take. Prerequisite: CHEM 139 or a passing grade on the chemistry placement test. This is a lab course, so there is a lab fee.

 

Geology 104 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems CANCELLED

 

Chemistry 256 Biochemistry II (TTh, 6:00 – 7:20 p.m., AS 1627) A continuation of the two-quarter biochemistry series for pre-pharmacy and other professional programs. This quarter will concentrate on the biochemistry of lipids and nucleic acids. Not a lab course; Biochemistry I (Chemistry 255) is a prerequisite.

 

Fall 2013 classes

Astronomy 100 Introductory Astronomy (TTh, noon – 2:20 p.m., AS 1623) A survey of things celestial, from the ground to the edge of the universe, concentrating on the solar system and the stars, with application of physics and chemistry to astronomical ideas. Not a lab course; Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite.

 

Meteorology 100 Introduction to Weather and Climate CANCELLED

 

Geology 101 Physical Geology (MW, noon – 3:00 p.m., AS 1623) An introduction to the Earth’s materials and processes, with specific applications to the geography of the Pacific Northwest, including Cascades volcanism and earthquakes. Counts as a lab science course; lab and transportation fee required. Saturday field trip required.

 

Chemistry 255 Biochemistry I (MW, 6:00 – 7:20 p.m., AS 1627) The beginning of the two-quarter biochemistry series for pre-pharmacy and other professional programs. This quarter will concentrate on the biochemistry of proteins and carbohydrates, including metabolic pathways. Not a lab course; the organic chemistry series (Chemistry 241,242,243) is a prerequisite.

 

Summer 2013 classes

Summer Science Program is a six-week residential astronomy and physics-based program from rising high school juniors and seniors. Situated on the campus of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, students will observe and measure the position of a near-Earth asteroid, and then write a computer program to predict the asteroid’s motion using celestial mechanics.

 

Spring 2013 classes

Astronomy 115 Stars and Galaxies (MTWThF, 9:00 – 11:50 a.m., AS 1623) A hard-linked integrated studies course with Barbara Goldner’s Math 098 (Intermediate Algebra) course. A survey of the physics, characteristics and observation of stars, and the origin, classification and fate of galaxies. Counts as a lab science course; lab fee required. Concurrent enrollment in Math 098 required.

 

Chemistry 163 General Chemistry III (MW, 6:00 – 9:50 p.m., AS 1519) The third quarter of the general chemistry series, intended for science, engineering, pre-medical or pre-veterinary majors. This quarter will concentrate on acid/base chemistry, salts, thermodynamics and free energy, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry and metal complexes. Counts as a lab science course; lab fee required. Prerequisite: Chemistry 162.

 

Winter 2013 classes

Chemistry 162 General Chemistry II (MW, 6:00 – 9:50 p.m., AS 1519) The second quarter of the general chemistry series, intended for science, engineering, pre-medical or pre-veterinary majors. This quarter will concentrate on states of matter, solution chemistry, reaction kinetics and equilibria. Counts as a lab science course; lab fee required. Prerequisite: Chemistry 161.

 

Chemistry 256 Biochemistry II (TTh, 6:00 – 7:20 p.m., AS 1627) A continuation of the two-quarter biochemistry series for pre-pharmacy and other professional programs. This quarter will concentrate on the biochemistry of lipids and nucleic acids. Not a lab course; Biochemistry I (Chemistry 255) is a prerequisite.

 

Geology 104 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (TThF, noon – 1:50 p.m., ED2842A) An introduction to basic aspects of geographic information system (GIS) software, including map-making, data collection, data sources and quality, and spatial operations. Students work on projects in the campus and the community. Counts as a lab science course; lab and transportation fee required.

 

Fall 2012 classes

Geology 101 Physical Geology (MW, noon – 3:00 p.m., AS 1623) An introduction to the Earth’s materials and processes, with specific applications to the geography of the Pacific Northwest, including Cascades volcanism and earthquakes. Counts as a lab science course; lab and transportation fee required. Saturday field trip required.

 

Astronomy 100 Introductory Astronomy (TTh, noon – 2:20 p.m., AS 1623) A survey of things celestial, from the ground to the edge of the universe, concentrating on the solar system and the stars, with application of physics and chemistry to astronomical ideas. Not a lab course; Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite.

 

Chemistry 255 Biochemistry I (MW, 6:00 – 7:20 p.m., AS 1627) The beginning of the two-quarter biochemistry series for pre-pharmacy and other professional programs. This quarter will concentrate on the biochemistry of proteins and carbohydrates, including metabolic pathways. Not a lab course; the organic chemistry series (Chemistry 241,242,243) is a prerequisite.