AS101 - AS 101 Astronomy I Our Place in the Cosmos Fall...

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Fall 2008 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 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 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: 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
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Bi during the Spring '11 term at York University.

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AS101 - AS 101 Astronomy I Our Place in the Cosmos Fall...

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