Exploring the Cosmos|
This introductory course for non-science majors 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 stars, the stellar life cycle, the formation and evolution of galaxies, the big bang, and the ultimate fate of the universe. Occasional evening sessions will provide the opportunity to observe celestial objects through Wesleyan's telescopes.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, Voit, THE ESSENTIAL COSMIC PERSPECTIVE, 7th ed.
Prather, Slater, Adams, Brissenden, LECTURE-TUTORIALS FOR INTRODUCTORY ASTRONOMY, 3rd ed.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly problem sets, biweekly quizzes, final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
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.
|Instructor(s): Kilgard,Roy E. Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: VVO110; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 44||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 12||JR non-major: 12||SO: 10||FR: 10|