Astronomy and Astrophysics for Gifted and Talented, Intellectually Curious,  Students

What happens when a sun explodes? What causes the stunning "Northern Lights"?  What mysterious and powerful force holds the universe together? When did  theWhirlpool galaxy, M51,  &  Eagle Nebulae, M16, in our Galaxy universe all  start and where is it going?  Learn the answers to these questions and have fun doing hands-on activities that will stimulate your imagination and curiosity. The class will meet in the modern Montgomery College Planetarium and use real data collected by spacecrafts and observatories. Algebra and use of Texas Instruments graphing calculators is required. Investigate topics in astronomy and learn the physics necessary to make sense of the universe.   This course is designed so that you could start or continue a meaningful science fair project in space science using real data perhaps collected by a spacecraft or earth borne observatory if you choice.  This is a research based course where instead of learning about science you actually are expected to do science.  Science as a verb not a noun.

The  instructor for the course is Dr. Harold Williams and I want to be your mentor.

Monday, July 31 through Friday,  August 11, 2006  at 9am-noon in the planetarium at Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus of Montgomery College.

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Links to Sites we will use during the class:

To register for the course call Sharon Wolfgang 240-567-7264 or 240-567-7917.  The course is SCH549 and the section  number is CRN#14817.  Tuition is $165 + Fee $35 = $200 (Non-resident, outside of Maryland, addtional fee of  $140).
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