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AS 101: Astronomy I: Our Place in the Cosmos Fall2008 What it's AS101 all about: The science of astronomy began when ancient humans first looked at the sky and started to unravel the mysteries of the universe. AS101 and AS102 form a 2-semester introductory sequence, which aims to provide a survey of modern astronomy. AS101 will focus on our local neighbourhood, the Solar System, while AS102 provides an introduction to stars, galaxies and cosmology. (You are not required to take AS102 after AS101, although I highly recommend it). This semester, in AS101, we will examine our night sky, the sun the moon, the Earth and the other planets. Our goal is to examine the origins of the Solar System, life on Earth, our neighbours, and the future evolution of our neighbourhood. We will explore the possibility of life on other planets and ask whether our place in the cosmos is unique or not. Along the way, not only will you learn about the amazing structure of the Universe, but also about how science works, and how we have gradually developed our modern perspective of the Universe. No prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary. Prerequisites: Basic algebra, healthy curiosity Site of Knowledge: http://www.wlu.ca/physcomp/as101/ Book of Knowledge: J. Bennett, M. Donahue, N. Schneider and M. Voit, The Cosmic Perspective , 4th or 5th Edition, Pearson/Addison Wesley. Topics we will ponder: AS101 - Overview of modern astronomy - Historical development of astronomy - Motions of the earth and the moon - Newton's laws, gravity and energy - Observing the Universe: Optics and telescopes - The Solar System Making the grade: Online Assignments: 30% Midterm exam: 30% Final exam: 40% Online Assignments: You will work through and submit all assignments online. In order to do so you will have to register yourself on the Mastering Astronomy website at www.masterin gastronomy.com using the access kit provided with your textbook. If you do not have an access kit, you can purchase one online at the Mastering Astronomy
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AS 102: Astronomy II: Journey Through The Cosmos Winter2009 What it's all about: The science of astronomy began when ancient humans first looked at the sky and started to unravel the mysteries of the universe. AS101 and AS102 form a 2-semester introductory sequence, which aims to provide a survey of modern astronomy. AS101 focuses on our local neighbourhood, the Solar System, while AS102 provides an introduction to stars, galaxies and cosmology. This semester, in AS102, we will journey beyond our own Solar System. We will examine the concepts of space, time and matter as described by the modern theories of relativity and quantum mechanics. Our amazing journey will include an exploration of the origins, life and death of stars, formation of galaxies, and the beginning and end of the universe itself. Prerequisites: Basic algebra, AS101, healthy curiosity
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