Exploring the Cosmos
Fall 2020 not offered
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
Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, and Voit, THE COSMIC PERSPECTIVE
|Examinations and Assignments:
In-semester exams plus final exam, regular problem sets, in-class assignments and observing sessions.
|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.
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