Fall 2009 not offered
This course is about the world we live in, but described on an immense scale: from planets to stars, galaxies and the universe as a whole. It is hoped that by its conclusion, students will have a sense of where we are in the universe and how we got here. Thus, the early part of the course will involve basic concepts and physical principles that are used to understand astronomical observations. We will then examine what we know about the universe at progressively larger scales: beginning with the solar system, then stars in our galaxy, and, finally, galaxies and the expansion of the universe.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
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One assigned textbook.
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In-semester exams plus final exam and regular problem sets.
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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.
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