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1 ASTR 113 – Section 001 Lecture 1 Dr. Daniel Sforza Course Overview Would you like to know… • How is possible to understand how stars work given we cannot directly experiment with them? • What ideas have revolutionized our world? Where is our place in the universe? • Where is our place in the universe? • Where do all the matter come from? • Are we alone, or do other civilizations exist? If you have answered yes to any, then this course is for you! Course Overview General information • Astronomy 113 is an overview on the science involved in the study of the Sun, other stars in general, galaxies, and the universe. • It has been developed for non-science majors who wish to gain a better understanding of the known universe, ancient and modern astronomy, and the methods of science. • A mathematical background including high school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is required for this course.
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Course Overview How to succeed • Come to class and participate - hear, see, and do to understand. - reading the lectures notes is not enough! • Do the reading assignments Do the reading assignments - will be announced along with the quizzes. • Take the quizzes - 10% of your grade - more important, will greatly help you to do well on the tests (see 1 st topic above). Course Overview Goals • I want you to understand the basic principles of astronomy (and physics). • I want you to think critically. - questions are welcome at any time questions are welcome at any time! - not only essential for science, but for any unusual situation • I want you to think like a scientist - simplify a complex problem to understand it Lectures notes, quizzes, etc • Lecture notes and syllabus: http://gmu.blackboard.com . • Quizzes: http://gmu.blackboard.com . Assigned Thursday, due Tuesday before class (3pm). Deadline is automatic, no exceptions. • Announcements via your
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course ASTR 113 taught by Professor Geller during the Spring '08 term at George Mason.

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