Splash at Berkeley

Splash at Berkeley is a semester-ly event where Berkeley affiliates may teach one-session classes on topics of their choice to interested high schoolers. Our courses:

  • M507: Mostly Complex (notes) — Spring 2019
  • S391: Why Quantum? (notes) — Fall 2018 (with A. Acharya)
  • S392: Spacetime (notes) — Fall 2018 (with A. Acharya)

Splash is one of the most exciting events that I have had the pleasure of participating in at Berkeley. I remember the kind of impact and impression that scientists had on me as a kid, and I relish the ability to be that person for somebody.

My Splash bio.

Astronomy 98/198: Python for Astronomers

Note: I am scheduled to teach this class again in Spring 2019 with Orion Lyau and Alexander Ye. Please email me regarding enrollment questions.

For the past two years, I’ve taught Astronomy 98/198: Python for Astronomers (Spring 2019, with O. Lyau, A. Ye, A. Xu, S. Berger, and R. Dana; Spring 2018, with M. Fetzer and O. Lyau). Astronomy 98/198 is a 2-unit introduction to astronomical Python and does not demand any prerequisites or prior coding experience. Emphasis is placed on application in data analysis settings, particularly with astronomical data sets. Astronomy 98/198 is affiliated with Democratic Education at Cal (DeCal). You can find our syllabi here (Spring 2019) and here (Spring 2018). Our faculty sponsors have been Dan Weisz (Spring 2019) and Mariska Kriek (Spring 2018).

Every class, we asked a silly question on the attendance form. You can find those questions, and some choice answers to those questions here (2019) and here (2018).

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