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DSCN2049bHave you ever looked up and wondered "Why or How?"
Are you teaching Math, Physics or Space Science?
Are your students fascinated by our Universe?
Are you a high school student with an interest in astronomy?

Join COC Staff Scientist & Xavier University Visiting Professor Richard Hamilton and learn how the Universe works.

Observatory University offers college-level astronomy, science & math courses for inquisitive members of the general public, amateur astronomers, and science educators (credit available through Xavier University).

Open to all including the math-challenged. Some exposure to basic algebra and geometry is sufficient and we’ll review all concepts used as part of the class.

"Explorations in Mathematics (II)"
Our experience of mathematics, whether in daily life, our careers, or our education, is often one of exposure to its applications. Some of us, if involved in fields such as engineering or finance, may see mathematics as a tool. If involved in science, we may experience it primarily as a language. Mathematics certainly encompasses these uses, but mathematics itself is something different. The objective of this course is to explore mathematics as mathematicians do, and to develop an appreciation for it as the exciting “Queen of the Sciences” that it is.

Classes meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays (with a few exceptions).

Dates: January 13 and 27, February 10 and 24, March 9, April 13 and 27, and May 25

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Place: The Cincinnati Observatory Center
           3489 Observatory Place
           Cincinnati, Ohio 45208

Cost: $150 for General Public, High School Students (non-credit), & Friends of the Observatory members.
         $300 for 1 Graduate Credit Hour, $150 for PDU,
         $300 High School Students for Undergraduate Credit*

(*Check with your school for possible financial support)

To register contact: Nancy Downing 513-745-3477
Xavier University Center for Excellence in Education

Download Course Schedule (132kb PDF)

Other Observatory University courses include:

"Quantum Doors"
Humanity has always been subjected to uncertainty, and the notion of probability was invented to deal with it. This course will be a romp through such diverse topics as game theory, chaos and complexity, one-atom chemistry, and quantum mechanics - all as examined through the lenses of probability and information theory. Our text will be a recent book coauthored by distinguished physicist G. Samuel Hurst and the Observatory's very own Staff Scientist Richard Hamilton."

"Science Concepts and Introduction to Stellar Astronomy"

"Planetary Systems; our Own and Beyond".

"Physics in Astronomy"

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