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16 Dec 2017, 10:28 am

Department of Cosmology Class Listing

Please note: Classes that are required are listed with a red title and asterisk.


Conceptual Quantum Physics 101
Credits: 3
Level: 1
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: A little physics, a little chemistry, a little magic. The term "Quantum Physics" has a specific definition, but it has become synonymous in the Public Mind with "Weird Stuff That No One Understands Except Insane Geniuses." In this class, we will cover the basic concepts of Quantum Physics, which are actually pretty simple, and then go on to join the insane geniuses. The class will help you understand the core ideas of Quantum Physics well enough to explain it to someone else, and to use it in your own metaphysical endeavors.
Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 6-8 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions:

None.


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Introduction to Cosmology
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: The great bowl of the night sky葉he Celestial Sphere葉hat surrounds our tiny world has always been a subject of magickal and Wizardly studies. In this Class we will study the mysteries of the Cosmos, and the ultimate questions: Where did we come from? And where are we going? In this class you'll receive a brief overview of the many facets of Cosmology, including scientific notation, the big bang, and questions of whether or not we're alone in the Multiverse. You値l also consider the other aspects of studying cosmology.



Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Cosmology vGSW
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description:

Time: Thursday 6:00 pm vGSW time.

Location: Cosmology lab in Dolobran Hall on vGSW.

 The great bowl of the night sky葉he Celestial Sphere葉hat surrounds our tiny world has always been a subject of magickal and Wizardly studies. In this Class we will study the mysteries of the Cosmos, and the ultimate questions: Where did we come from? And where are we going? In this class you'll receive a brief overview of the many facets of Cosmology, including scientific notation, the big bang, and questions of whether or not we're alone in the Multiverse. You値l also consider the other aspects of studying cosmology.


Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 4 Weeks - 1 hour each week
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
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The Stars and Constellations
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: On a clear moonless night, we can see 2000-3000 stars. From the earliest times, these have been grouped into pictures called constellations (都tars together). Many of these have myths and stories associated with them, which we will learn in this class.

Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard.
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
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Moon 201: The Science
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: The moon is the largest, brightest object in the night sky. In this class, you値l study the science of Earth痴 only natural satellite, learning fun facts and little-known trivia as you go. You値l also learn about the Apollo 11 moon landing, and will hear the voice of the first man on the moon. This class is a pre-requisite for 溺oon 301- The Magick.

Required Materials:

This class will require you to rent and watch the film, Apollo 13. Many people own this film, and it is quite easy to find in video rental stores.

Important note: This class includes required sky viewing. You must be able to go out at least 1-2 hours after sunset, in order to have the skies be dark enough for good viewing. You also may not want to take this class when weather in your area tends to be cloudy, rainy, etc.

 


Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
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Naked Eye Astronomy 201 (was 101)
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: Since the dawn of time, humans have gazed at the night sky. 哲aked eye astronomy refers to observations of the heavens that are conducted without the use of a telescope or other magnifying lenses. In this class, you値l learn the basics of watching the cosmos, and will think about how to incorporate your observations into your magickal life.

Required Materials: None. Note, though, that this class includes required sky viewing. You must be able to go out at least 1-2 hours after sunset, in order to have the skies be dark enough for good viewing. You also may not want to take this class during times when weather in your area tends to be cloudy, rainy, etc.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month (may take slightly longer if night skies are uncooperative).
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

The History of Astronomy
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: Astronomy is one of our oldest sciences. It dates back to the first people who gazed at the sky and wondered about the heavens. This class will take a panoramic view of astronomy from its earliest beginnings to its current issues. We will investigate some of the discoveries that have been important in the development of human civilization, and we will touch lightly on some of the great people who have shaped the world of Astronomy.


Required Materials:
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites:
Safety Precautions:
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The Solar System
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: Eight planets revolve around a medium-size yellow star we call the Sun. Together, the Sun, planets, dwarf planets, moons, comets, asteroids, meteorites, and radiation fields make up our Solar System. The 典hird Rock from the Sun is our home: Mother Earth. In this Class we will explore our Solar System from the Sun to its outermost fringes. This is a fun class where you will learn to make astronomical instruments for tracking the motions of the sun and stars.

(See Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, pp. 261-269)


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Archeoastronomy 301
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: ゥ 2006 Uta Stelson, Sue Pesznecker
Description: Archaeoastronomy is the study of the astronomical practices, celestial lore, mythologies, religions, and world-views of all ancient cultures. In this class, you will survey several of the most well-known archaeoastronomical monuments in the world, including the Great Pyramid of Giza, Stonehenge, Newgrange, Chich駭-Itz, and Chaco Canyon.

Objectives: To learn about the architectural design used by ancient cultures to create observatories for viewing the sun痴, moon痴, major planets and stars influence on the lives of the people of the time.


Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: about one month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
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Archeoastronomy 301 vGSW - This class is not accepting students at this time.
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description:

Archaeoastronomy is the study of the astronomical practices, celestial lore, mythologies, religions, and world-views of all ancient cultures. In this class, you will survey several of the most well-known archaeoastronomical monuments in the world, including the Great Pyramid of Giza, Stonehenge, Newgrange, Chich駭-Itz, and Chaco Canyon.

*Some outside research will be required - 2 hours per week avg.


Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks - 1+ hour each week
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
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Planets 301: The Terrestrials
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: Which of the planets reaches a sunny daytime temperature of more than 400 degrees Celsius? On which planet could you experience a rainstorm of sulfuric acid? What planet would you visit to climb the solar system痴 largest volcano? Find the answers to these questions and more in this class, as we explore the terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.


Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
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Planets 501: The Gas Giants
Credits: 2
Level: 5
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description:

In this class, we値l explore the mundane and magickal natures of the giant gaseous planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.


Required Materials:

None. One of the assignment options involves watching the film 2010: The Year We Make Contact.


Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
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Cosmogony: The Origin and Fate of the Universe
Credits: 2
Level: 6
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description:

Cosmogony is the branch of science that deals with the origin of the universe. In this class, we値l talk about some of the noteworthy theories of cosmogony and consider their foundations as well as the questions they raise. We値l also consider some of magickal allegories suggested by the theories of cosmogony.

 

Note: This class takes a definitive science-based view of the universe痴 origins. Although many people support a creationist view of cosmogony, that view will not be addressed in this class.


Required Materials:

A balloon (not inflated), tape measure, masking tape, and permanent marker.


Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites:

None


Safety Precautions:

None


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Farseeing Eye 601: First Light
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: All wizards are 都eers, and for hundreds of years, wizards have used telescopes to peer into and scry the heavens. In this class, we値l explore the nature of light, consider some of the world痴 greatest telescopes, and ponder what we can learn from looking into the celestial sphere and beyond. At the center of these investigations comes First Light, a wonderful book that takes us into the world of the great telescopes and the people who have devoted their lives to exploring the stars.

 

 

Homework in this class includes reading, informal written responses, short answers, and work with web sites on light and spectroscopy. The final exam is a combination of reflective (and short) written responses and a single essay involving a bit of outside research.

 


 


Required Materials: First Light, by Richard Preston, is a required text for this class. It is available used for $2 or less and available in most libraries. Note: I suggest that you obtain a copy of  before signing up for the class. This is a 250-page nonfiction text; it痴 highly entertaining and an easy read for anyone with reasonable reading expertise. You値l find yourself seeing the heavens with new eyes!
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
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Cosmology Practicum 799a: Lecture
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description:

          

As an apprentice wizard majoring in Cosmology, you are approaching the completion of your Major and the end of your studies. In this class, you will work with the Department Dean or an assigned professor to develop an individual and unique project that summarizes your knowledge in the field. You will use that knowledge to delve further into the field, creating a project of unique merit and worth. You will also work closely with your Professor to consider how to move from studying your Major in the classroom to working with it in real-life.

This class does not accept magister students, as it is the culmination of the course of studies of the Apprentice Program.


Required Materials: Required texts and materials: The official textbooks for this Class are the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and the Companion for the Apprentice Wizard. You will also need access to plenty of other books, magazines, and journals, depending on your choice of final project, and it is important that you find and become familiar with your local library, whether in-school or public.
Estimated Completion Time: At least 2 to 3 months
Prerequisites:

Prerequisites: Before joining these classes, students must be Seventh Years and majoring in Cosmology, and must have completed all other requirements for the Cosmology Major.

Magister students will not be accepted into this class. 


Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Cosmology Practicum 799b: Lab
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description:

Cosmology Practicum 799b: Lab

As an apprentice wizard majoring in Cosmology, you are approaching the completion of your Major and the end of your studies. In this class, you will work with the professor to carry out a unique project.

Please note:

1. This is a required class for Cosmology Majors, both for graduation and Major completion.

2. This class has two sections: Cosmology 799a and Cosmology 799b. 799a is a lecture class, while 799b is a hands-on lab. You must enroll in both classes simultaneously.

Completion: This class will require at least 2-3 months to complete.

Lessons:

1. Introduction and Class Syllabus

2. Analysis of a Sample Practicum

3. Choosing a Project

4. Creating a Resource List

5. Developing Your Project

6. Making Final Preparations

7. Carrying out the Project

8. Creating a Final Report

9. Marking the Occasion

10. MODEL A: The research project/paper

11. MODEL B: How to design and report on a series of experiments

12. MODEL C: How to design and report on a magical activity or collection

13. MODEL D: How to design, engage in, and report on the results of a hands-on cosmology experience.

14. MODEL E: How to design and report on an outside or volunteer work project

15. MODEL F: How to create and report on an external publication

16. MODEL G: How to create and report on a public speaking opportunity

17. MODEL H: How to create a film

18. MODEL I: How to prepare a work of creative writing

19. Appendix A. Creating an Annotated Bibliography

20. Appendix B. Invention Strategies

21. Appendix C. Structuring the Research Paper or Project

22. Appendix D. Proofreading and Revision

This class does not accept magister students, as it is the culmination of the course of studies of the Apprentice Program.


Required Materials: Required texts and materials: The official textbooks for this Class are the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and the Companion for the Apprentice Wizard. You will also need access to plenty of other books, magazines, and journals, depending on your choice of final project, and it is important that you find and become familiar with your local library, whether in-school or public.
Estimated Completion Time: 2 to 3 months
Prerequisites:

Prerequisites: Before joining these classes, students must be in Level 7 or higher and majoring in Cosmology, and must have completed all other requirements for the Cosmology Major.

 Magister students will not be accepted into this class.


Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

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