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  [327] Astronomy and AstrophysicsInstructor: Eric Lee
Grades: 8th to AdultRoom: Pending
Year: 2019Time: 08:30 AM
Class Size: 5 to 15Prerequisites: Previous middle-school science education is helpful but not required.
Tuition: $39.00 per 4-Class SessionDuration: 1.5 hours
Student Provided Materials: Students will need an internet-capable device they can use to listen to podcasts and watch online videos at home during the week (not needed in class).
One Time Cost (to teacher) $0.00Cost Description:
Homework: Approx. 3 hours a week, typically listening to selected episodes from the AstronomyCast podcast and watching selected YouTube videos. There will occasionally be a few other activities as well.
Skills: Students should be curious about the universe we live in, and have an ability to absorb and synthesize new information quickly. While this not a math-based class, we'll be covering a lot of material at a fast pace and the weekly homework will require some time and dedication to complete.
Class Description: The universe is filled with amazing and mind-boggling stuff! How do satellites get into orbit and stay there? Why do stars explode, and how does a supernova manage to outshine entire galaxies for days or weeks? What would actually happen if you fell into a black hole? To answer these questions, we'll conduct a survey of astronomy and astrophysics and along the way we'll learn about velocity, gravity, atomic structure, electromagnetism, nuclear fusion and fission, quantum mechanics, and relativity theory. We'll cover these subjects in a conceptual, discussion-oriented manner that avoids difficult math. This class is appropriate for two types of students: those in 8th-9th grade who are already enthusiastic about STEM and want a conceptual overview of physics and astronomy (kind of a pre-physics) before taking rigorous math-based classes later; and those in 10th-12th grade who don't intend to pursue STEM education but still want to become scientifically literate in an accessible way. Prepare to have your mind stretched and your scientific understanding expanded!