Astronomy

Course Code: NATS 1740 M 6.0

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Course Description:

This course will provide a general introduction to the modern science of astronomy. A broad range of topics will be discussed including: the night sky, fundamental properties of light and matter, telescopes, planets and other solar system objects, stars and their evolution, stars death, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes, galaxies, the origin and development of the universe, the fate of the universe, dark matter and dark energy and the possibility of life beyond the Earth.

Course Format:

Two, three-hour lectures each week during the winter semester. Generally there will be a 10-minute break after 90 minutes.

Course Credit Exclusions:

SC/NATS 1570 3.00, C/NATS 1880 6.00. NCR Note: No credit will be retained if this course is taken after SC/PHYS 1070 3.00. Not open to any student enrolled in the Astronomy stream.

Mathematical Content:

Although the mathematics is kept to a minimum, it is recommended that students be familiar with the basic principles of geometry and algebra up to the level of Grade 11 (no calculus is required).

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