This course is an introduction to the universe and its major constituents: stars and galaxies. We begin by considering the basic physical principles that astronomers use to understand data collected from telescopes. We then apply these principles to interpret the observed properties of stars, galaxies and galaxy clusters. Finally, we discuss what these and other observations tell us about the formation and evolution of the universe.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
One assigned textbook.
|Examination and Assignments: |
In-semester exams plus final exam and regular problem sets.
|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 will be qualitative, a good knowledge of high-school-level mathematics (algebra and trigonometry) is expected. Some of the discussion sections will meet at night and make use of the telescopes at Van Vleck Observatory.
|Instructor(s): Cannon,John M Times: .M.W.F. 10:00AM-10:50AM; Location: VVO110; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 48||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 12||JR non-major: 12||SO: 12||FR: 12|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore|
Same as Section 01 Above
|Examination and Assignments: Same as Section 01 Above|
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: Same as Section 01 Above|
|Instructor(s): Salzer,John J. Times: .M.W.F. 11:00AM-11:50AM; Location: VVO110; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 44||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 12||JR non-major: 12||SO: 10||FR: 10|