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Astronomy Course Offerings

The following course information is provided for your convenience. Schedules are subject to change and should be checked on LORIS, where location information can also be found.

All astronomy courses are 0.5 credit.

2017/18 Proposed Course Offerings

Fall 2017

AS101: Astronomy I: Our Place in the Cosmos (lecture)
AS101: Astronomy I: Our Place in the Cosmos (online)

Winter 2018

AS101: Astronomy I: Our Place in the Cosmos (lecture)
AS101: Astronomy I: Our Place in the Cosmos (online)
AS102: Astronomy II: Journey Through the Cosmos (online)

Spring 2018

AS101: Astronomy I: Our Place in the Cosmos (online, Intersession: May/June)
AS102: Astronomy II: Journey Through the Cosmos (online, Summer session: July/August)
PC310B: Planetary and Space Science (lecture)

Course Descriptions

AS101: Astronomy I: Our Place in the Cosmos

An introduction to the science of astronomy, the process by which we develop astronomical principles and the application of these techniques to gain a modern understanding of our solar system. Topics covered include the historical development of astronomy, understanding the night sky, Newton's law of gravitation, light and telescopes, and a detailed study of the solar system. New data from recent explorations of Mars, Saturn and other celestial objects will be discussed.
May be offered in the classroom, 3 lecture hours, or as an online course.
Exclusion: AS105

AS102: Astronomy II: Journey Through the Cosmos

A journey beyond our solar system to develop a modern understanding of other stars, galaxies and the structure, origin and fate of the universe. Includes an introduction to basic concepts of relativity and quantum mechanics, lives of stars, evolution of galaxies, Hubble's law and the Big Bang. Objects such as black holes, supernovae, pulsars, dark matter and wormholes are encountered and studied along the way.
May be offered in the classroom, 3 lecture hours, or as an online course.
Prerequisites: AS101
Exclusion: AS105

PC310B: Planetary and Space Science

This is an introductory course in planetary and space science. We will study the basic physics, structure, morphology and evolution of each planet separately, including comets, asteroids, and meteorites, Kuiper belt and Oort cloud. We will address the most recent theories of the Solar System formation and evolution hypotheses as a whole, and we will touch briefly upon all the known theories from the tidal theory to the most recent re-emergence of the nebular hypothesis. We will also examine the corresponding outstanding issues, as well as the solar evolution hypothesis. Finally, we will discuss in a fair amount of detail the most important up to date deep space missions, their findings, and their importance in the understanding of our neighborhood as a whole. It must be emphasized that this is a totally different course than AS101 and AS102.
3 lecture hours
Prerequisites: Registration Status: Year 2 or greater

Contact Us:

Angèle Hamel, Undergraduate Academic Advisor

E: pcsadvising@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2984
Office Location: Science Building, N2076C