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Course Outline ASTRONOMY — Natural Science 1740 6.0 A York University S1-2011 (Summer 2011) Lectures : MTWR 10:00 AM -1:00 PM in CLH F). : Paul Delaney, BC 218, ext 33401, [email protected] Overview Natural Science courses at York University are designed to expose non-science students to scientific critical thinking in a non-technical but thought-provoking manner. Since science and technology are part of everyday life, having a basic understanding of them is important for everyone. Natural Science 1740 6.0, Astronomy, uses one of the oldest sciences to show that basic scientific principles can explain how the universe works. Topics include the development of modern astronomy, current missions to Mars and elsewhere in the solar system, planets orbiting other stars, the question of life beyond Earth, black holes, dark matter, dark energy, and the Big Bang. With the assistance of demonstrations, laboratory exercises (in class) and observing projects, students will gain familiarity with the night sky and with basic concepts of astronomy and physics. The course is not taught at an advanced mathematical level. Occasional use of high school mathematics up to the level of Grade 11 is all that is necessary, mostly in the laboratory sessions (basic principles of geometry and algebra, but not calculus). Astronomy transports you back to the beginning of civilization and forward to the far future of the universe. Much about the universe is still unknown, and many exciting discoveries will no doubt occur in our lifetimes. The lecturer, the teaching assistants and the staff of the York Astronomical Observatory (open to all students and the public every clear Wednesday night and online Monday evenings too ) will endeavor to share with you the excitement of modern astronomy. This course has the potential to excite your imagination: E\enjoy! Please note : this course is running at ‘quadruple speed’ compared to a normal full year, six credit fall-winter course. As such, a lot of material is being transmitted in a relatively short span of time. It is essential that all students engage in good time management so that they will be able to keep up with the reading material and the course assessment elements (quizzes, laboratory assignments, tests, etc). Getting behind could be disastrous as there is little time to regroup. Please be sure you can dedicate the necessary time to be successful in this course. If you are in any doubt, speak with me early. Good luck. Important Dates and general information : Last day to ENROL without Course Director permission is Friday, May 6, 2011. Last day to ENROL even with Course Director permission is Friday, May 13, 2011. Last day to
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