Science & The Bible: Evolution by Natural Selection

So here it comes, the greatly anticipated reading of Darwin's Origin of Species! (Last week we started with Natural Theology) Focus the reading (On the Origin of Species) on Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 10 and 14. Take some time in your write-up to explain the theory of evolution by natural selection. What is it intended to … Continue reading Science & The Bible: Evolution by Natural Selection

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Spontaneity, Entropy, & Free Energy

Hello there! If you're joining me for the first time, I would recommend checking out some of my previous crash course posts as well. My last post was on Thermochemistry. Today's lesson is going to be long and it's going to be hard! It won't be too bad, because I'm going to try my best to … Continue reading Spontaneity, Entropy, & Free Energy

Science & The Bible: Natural Theology

Hello! Last week we focused on The Bible and The Enlightenment, where we learned about the Documentary Hypothesis vs. Mosaic authorship in the Pentateuch, and the challenging (especially that of Spinoza) of biblical authority by stating contradictions and reiterations in the bible. This week, we will be turning our scope to the natural world, viewing the "proofs … Continue reading Science & The Bible: Natural Theology

An Initiation to Chemical Kinetics

In chemical reactions, we seek to answer two main questions: How can we know whether a reaction will be spontaneous? Once started, how fast will the reaction proceed? The laws of thermodynamics help us answer (1). Chemical kinetics help us answer (2). The energy difference between products (C+D) and reactants (A+B) pertains to thermodynamics. The … Continue reading An Initiation to Chemical Kinetics

Transition Metals Crash Course

Hey there, so this is the periodic table. Most of the elements you see here are metals. What are metals like? If you recall from my previous post, Chemical Bonds, Especially Covalent Ones, you will remember a bit of metallic bonding. Electrons are loosely held and they move through a lattice, lending some physical characteristics to … Continue reading Transition Metals Crash Course

Science & The Bible: The Bible and The Enlightenment

Hello and thanks for reading! My name is Gloria Sun and I am a student at Wellesley College. The seminar I'm taking this semester is called "Science and the Bible" and I am excited to be sharing my thoughts on this week's topic with you. As a Christian and an intended STEM major, these topics … Continue reading Science & The Bible: The Bible and The Enlightenment

Chemical Bonds, Especially Covalent Ones

I'm back again with my crash course series on chemistry! Chemical bonds are strong links between atoms within a molecule and are really hard to break. Between molecules, there can be attractive forces too, but these are much weaker and not considered chemical bonds. Today we will be seeing how the shapes of atomic orbitals … Continue reading Chemical Bonds, Especially Covalent Ones

Science & The Bible: The Galileo Controversy (S+R in Conflict)

Hello, and happy weekend! Last week we talked about Science & The Bible: Transhumanists, Bioconservatives, and the Role of the Bible, but why is there so much mistrust between the scientific and religious communities? To answer this, we look back at a particular era in history, which eventually led to the trial and condemnation of the … Continue reading Science & The Bible: The Galileo Controversy (S+R in Conflict)