Summer 2014 not offered
This course unveils the universe and how we have come to understand our place in it. We will touch on a full range of astronomical topics, including the mechanics of our solar system, the discovery of planets around other nearby stars, the stellar life cycle, the formation and evolution of galaxies, the big bang, and the ultimate fate of the universe. Special attention is paid to the universe's dark side--dark matter, dark energy, and black holes. In addition, since developments in astronomy have so often accompanied the development of modern scientific thought, we examine astronomy from a historical perspective, gaining insight into how human factors affect progress in science.
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Kay, Palen, Smith, & Blumenthal, 21st CENTURY ASTRONOMY: STARS AND GALAXIES, 4th ed.
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frequent problem sets and quizzes
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This is a general education course for students not intending to major in science. Although the majority of the course is qualitative, a good knowledge of high school-level mathematics (algebra and trigonometry) is expected. There will be a handful of evening meetings to give students an opportunity to use the Van Vleck Observatory's telescopes.