AS 102 - AS 102 Astronomy II Journey Through The Cosmos...

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AS 102: Astronomy II: Journey Through The Cosmos Winter 2009 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 Who: Instructor: Dr. Shohini Ghose Office: N2076H Telephone: ( 519) 884-1970, ext. 2891 E-mail: [email protected] Note: E-mails with questions regarding information already given out in class will not get a response! When and where: Lectures: M,W 14:30 – 15:50 in N1001 Q&A: Office hours: W 16:00 – 18:00 or by appointment (Typically Tuesdays are good days) Site of Knowledge: 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 AS102
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- Introduction to Relativity and Quantum Mechanics - Life of stars - Evolution of galaxies - Dark matter and energy - Evolution of the Universe: The Big Bang Making the grade: Online Assignments: 30%
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