Life Beyond Earth

Course Code: NATS 1880 A 6.0

Instructor's Name: Alireza Rafiee

Course Description:

Life Beyond Earth studies the possibility of life existing somewhere other than the planet Earth. It examines Science's search for life in the solar system and beyond. This course will look at how life arose on Earth, what condition life needs to exist, and where these conditions might be found including the planets in our solar system, planets around other stars, and the nature of those stars and how likely they are to support life. It will also look at the issues of space flight and detection and communication of other civilizations, and our own attempts to explore the universe.

Course Format:

Total of three lecture hours per week.

Course Credit Exclusions:

SC/NATS 1570 3.00, SC/NATS 1740 6.00. NCR Note: Not open to any student in the Astronomy stream nor to any student who has passed or is taking SC/PHYS 1070 3.00, SC/BIOL 1010 6.00, SC/BIOL 1000 3.00, SC/BIOL 1001 3.00 or AP/ANTH 3270 3.00.

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). Numerical concepts are discussed.

Course Outlines:

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