Symmetry touches all areas of science. In geometry, symmetry is the property by which the sides of a figure or object reflect each other across a line or surface. In biology, symmetry is the orderly repetition of parts of an animal or plant. Symmetry is important to chemistry because it explains observations in spectroscopy, quantum chemistry and crystallography. In physics symmetry is a concept of balance illustrated by such fundamental laws as the third of Newtons laws of motion. In this course we will explore all aspects of symmetry.
This course can be taken twice if different topics are taught in both offerings.