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MARTIAN MATH IS SCIENCE FICTION

MM @ Reed (Earlier Edition)

This was a class held at Reed College in 2018. I, Kirby Urner, was the instructor. I had an assistant, Jude, starting on the 2nd day. We did a combination of computer-based and hands on activities. I created a relaxed atmosphere. Some students booted games or explored related topics. The main activities were:

  • enhancing Juptyer Notebooks or starting new ones from scratch
  • cutting out A-modules from templates and folding them up
  • assembling C6XTY "soccer balls" (this turned into a time test contest)

Martian Math is an introduction to some mathematics against the backdrop of science fiction stories. I go over some of the history of science fiction involving Mars, including by visiting a website associated with a previous version of this class. We also talk about current research and explorations involving Mars.

Is there life on Mars?

Lets think about what might happen if:

ET 208 @ Reed College

In [1]:
from IPython.display import YouTubeVideo
YouTubeVideo("nPEn5k55g-o")
Out[1]:

SYMBOLS

Astronomers inherit symbols for the planets from Astrologers.

By 2018, Pluto had been demoted from planethood, mainly because the solar system consists of myriad "celestial" bodies bigger than Pluto.

symbols

symbol

PLANET

mars

MARS IS SMALLER THAN EARTH

Comparison

In [2]:
planets = ("Mercury", "Moon", "Venus", "Earth", "Mars", "Jupiter", "Saturn", "Uranus", "Neptune", "Pluto")
for planet in planets:
    print(planet)
Mercury
Moon
Venus
Earth
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
Pluto

SPEAKING OF PLANETS...

This is a Jupyter Notebook (note spelling). In Martian Math, we'll be learning how to create them and change them.

Here's a link to a Markdown Cheatsheet.

More Resources

Where can I find some pictures?

Where can I learn more Python?

Where can I learn more about Martian Math?