Jul 19, 2019  
2018-2019 College of Liberal Arts 
    
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PHYS 102 - Introductory Astronomy - Stars, Galaxies, and the Cosmos

4 credits
An introduction to the astronomy of the stars and galaxies. The first part of the course will focus on some foundational material. This introductory material includes the celestial sphere, apparent motion of objects in the sky, angular and distance measurements, the electromagnetic spectrum, spectroscopy, and telescopes. We will then go on to discuss the components of the universe including the Sun a solar dynamics, the structure and evolution of stars and galaxies; how black holes and quasars fit into current cosmological models; determination of the size and fate of the universe, and the probability of life as we know it outside of our Earth. The course includes quantitative reasoning and problem solving which requires the use of algebra. In addition, there will be an observational component using Drew’s telescopes. CLA-Breadth/Natural Science, CLA-Quantitative



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