— Natural Science 1740 6.0 A
York University S1-2011 (Summer 2011)
: MTWR 10:00 AM -1:00 PM in CLH F).
: Paul Delaney, BC 218, ext 33401, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
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
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
This course has the potential to excite your imagination: E\enjoy!
: 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
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
as there is little time to
Please be sure you can dedicate the necessary time to be successful in this course.
you are in any doubt, speak with me early.
Important Dates and general information
Last day to
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