"Science is bound, by the everlasting vow of honour, to face fearlessly every
problem which can be fairly presented to it."
--Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)
"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which
is the exact opposite."
--attributed to Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
Your writing will improve. You will be able to distinguish credible
sources of information from nonsense; you will become an intelligent
consumer of information.
Expect to do a lot of reading, writing, and, most of all, thinking.
Lecture Times and Place: MWF 11:00-11:50am in room 153 Fondren Science
Lecturers: Professor Randall J. Scalise and Professor John Cotton
Syllabus -- Includes lecture notes and assignments
Suggested Auxiliary Reading
Grading, Extra Credit, Incompletes
Attendance Policy, Classroom Environment
Grade Summary - All the individual student grades arranged
by four-digit code number
A Note on PLAGIARISM -- Very important!
Notes on Writing Research Papers
Suggested Research Paper Topics
Excellent Past Student Research Papers (password protected)
Criteria for a Successful Experiment
The Baloney Detection Collection
Complete list of subjects available
Problems of Fuzzy Thinking
Relevant Web Sites
Other Resources -- Video, periodicals, etc.
Previous Incarnations of this Course -- with lecture notes
Seminars and Presentations
Students with disabilities, medically excused absences, absences in general
Things you should already know, but...
Official University Calendar