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I. General Information

1. Course Title:
Flight to Edge of Space: Learning and Experimentation

2. Course Prefix & Number:
ESCI 1480

3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:

Credits: 2

Lecture Hours: 1

Lab Hours: 2

4. Course Description:

In this course students will work as a team to plan and successfully conduct a stratospheric balloon flight. Activities include hypothesis writing; experimental design, construction, and execution; data collection and analysis; and scientific report writing and presentation. Successful execution of a stratospheric balloon flight requires extensive teamwork and collaboration. Content topics in this course include Earth atmospheric structure and dynamic processes, and contemporary topics in atmospheric pollution, and societal issues involving the atmosphere. A companion physics course is required which will involve topics in atmospheric physics and geophysics, as well as electronics assembly and testing, and acquiring a working proficiency with navigational systems. The balloon flight will involve at least one all-day field excursion, and is required for this course. This is one of two courses in a learning community. The other is PHYS 1480 Flight to the Edge of Space: Electronic, mechanical, and navigational systems. Both courses must be taken concurrently. Expect extensive collaboration, communication, and transfer across the two courses.

5. Placement Tests Required:

Accuplacer (specify test): Next Gen Reading Score: 237

6. Prerequisite Courses:

ESCI 1480 - Flight to Edge of Space: Learning and Experimentation

There are no prerequisites for this course.

9. Co-requisite Courses:

ESCI 1480 - Flight to Edge of Space: Learning and Experimentation


All Course(s) from the following...
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
PHYS 1480Flight to Edge of Space: Electronic, Mechanical, and Navigational Systems