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journal - nobel prize

Journal Entry – Nobel Prize

Due on Friday, October 14th, 2016 by 11:59 p.m.


Your responses:

1. should be at minimum 300 words total (more is OK and it's graded on thoughtfulness),

2. should answer ALL the questions,

3. must be turned in using Google Classroom.


Last week the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three people.  They received this award for their physics research related to strange states of matter.  These strange states of matter can have an effect on how materials conduct electricity, which may allow us to build improved electronics or computers.


Before you begin this assignment, it is helpful if you are familiar with a few terms.  Please use Wikipedia to look up the following terms and obtain a basic understanding of them.  (Just read the first couple of paragraphs.)

  • Nobel Prize
  • States of Matter
  • Superconductor
  • Quantum Computer


Now read the StarTribune article titled “Weird scinece: 3 win Nobel for unusual states of matter” that is available via Google Classroom or through this website:


Write me a reaction paper (at least 300 words typed, but no more than a page). What did you think of the article? Did you know there were more than three states of matter (solid, liquid, gas)?  Do you think it is reasonable for us to want improved electronics and computers?  Do you remember learning the word “quantum” in your chemistry class?  What connections do you see between the article and what we are currently doing in class?  Do you think cutting edge physics research has any impact on your life?  You may also write about anything else that came to mind when reading the article.


If you want to learn a bit more about who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in the past and why, go to this website.


Assignment 3 : Who's carbon is this?
300 word reflection / prove you read it due 10/7
Or read the original article
Journal - learning outcomes

Journal – Learning Outcomes (due on 2/12)


The University of Minnesota has developed seven learning outcomes as goals for its students on the Twin Cities campus. In other words, these are skills that the U of M hopes that its students will have acquired by the time they graduate. For each of the three learning outcomes listed below, please tell us whether or not you feel that PSTL 1163 gives students a chance to improve their skills at that particular outcome. If you feel that it does, please describe what it is about the course that helps students develop that outcome. If you feel that it does not, please describe something you think could be added to or changed about the course to help students develop that outcome.


The three learning outcomes are that students:

1.         Can identify, define, and solve problems.

2.         Can communicate effectively

3.  Understand the role of creativity, innovation, discovery, and expression across the disciplines (or at least in physics)