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The LSA Honors Program invites applications to teach a discussion section of Honors Core 202: The Transistor Disruption: How a Tiny Tool Transforms Society and Science, beginning August 28, 2023. The course meets together with the COMPFOR 101 lecture taught by Professor August Evrard. Position is pending enrollment demand.
Modern humans live in two worlds ? the physical and the digital ? but considering the arc of human history this duality emerged in a flash. What happened? In large part, a simple switching device invented in the 1940s ? the transistor ? is responsible for disrupting how we live and how science advances. Transistors shrank exponentially in both size and cost since their creation, to the point where a single computer chip today has 15 times as many transistors as there are people on planet Earth.
This introductory survey course reveals The Pattern on the Stone, the foundational elements of digital computing explained in a book of the same name by Danny Hillis, a pioneer in computing education and parallel computing. Students are introduced to logic gates and their hierarchical organization to create computing circuits and communication networks. Topics surveyed may include: early analog and human computers, systems and models, interoperability and standards, scaling and parallel computing, encryption and cryptography, heuristics and algorithms, Turing machines, machine learning, quantum computing, and the politics of computer chips. Along the way, Michigan?s roles in development of computing will be highlighted. The close relationship between computing and mathematics is revealed through a few specific examples such as the sine, power-law, and sigmoid functions. Students will learn through readings, in-class exercises and discussions, quizzes aimed at reinforcing readings, and essays. No prior experience with computing is needed, but prior experience with the digital is a given.
Effort for the section is 50%. The GSI will teach one discussion section. The GSI will attend lectures, lead a discussion section of the larger course, hold office hours, and grade course work. The GSI for this course will also participate in meetings of the teaching team for general guidance, lesson planning, and assignment norming. GSIs in the Honors Core are expected to participate in occasional events for Core courses including the Honors GSI Orientation taking place in late August.
Good standing in a graduate or professional program in a relevant department.
Candidacy in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department; experience teaching introductory courses at UM or other college or university. A background in digital studies or computing technology is preferred but not required.
Contact Lisa Broome, Associate Director, LSA Honors Program, at email@example.com with questions.
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