Agnes Lifelong Learning - Spring 2018

Please click on a course title below to learn more about our Spring 2018 offerings.

The Biology of Amphibians

Instructor: Mark Mandica, Executive Director, The Amphibian Foundation
Location: Bullock Science Center, Room 210E

Course fee: $100
Max class size: 35

Class times: Saturdays - March 17 through May 5, 2018 (8 weeks); 2:30-5:30 p.m. each week

 Three amphibians

Amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, efts and caecilians) are an incredibly diverse and interesting clade. This course explores the taxonomy of the major types of amphibians; defining each group and the characters that unite them before examining their biodiversity and adaptations. This course will be a deep dive into the biology, morphology, physiology, biogeography, and evolution of amphibians. Topics such as reproduction, metamorphosis, functional morphology, freeze tolerance and phenotypic plasticity will be covered in splendid detail. Special emphasis will be placed on the amphibians native to the metro Atlanta region.

The course assumes a basic understanding of Biology and Comparative Anatomy, but are not requirements. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia (Jensen, et al) is suggested reading, and all required course materials will be available for download here.

See the course syllabus (PDF) for more information.

Quantum Theory in Search of Reality

Instructor: John Boccio, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, Swathmore College
Location: Teasley Hall, Bullock Science Center
Parking: Complimentary parking is available in the West Parking Facility (P2) and on E. Daugherty Street

Course fee: $100
Max class size: 40

Class times:  Saturdays - March 17 through May 5, 2018 (8 weeks); 2:30-5:30 p.m each week


Quantum theory

We will study quantum theory to investigate the existence of an external reality from the viewpoint of quantum physicists. Since understanding “the way the world really is” goes beyond theoretical physics, the path we follow will stretch your mind and, at times, leave you gasping. Einstein once asked a friend "Do you really believe that the moon exists only when you look at it". As we develop quantum theory via postulates based on experiments, we will answer Einstein's question and the more general question: “What is reality?”. If you are interested in physics and philosophy, not afraid to learn some new mathematics based on your high school mathematics and willing to do lots of reading, thinking and discussing, then this class is designed for you. All work in the class will only require high school level algebra and geometry.

No course materials will be necessary. The students will be able to get all necessary materials off of the class website.