Fall 2010 not offered
This course focuses on the modern scientific conception of the universe, including its composition, size, age, and evolution. We begin with the history of astronomy, tracing the development of thought that led ultimately to the big bang theory. This is followed by a closer look at the primary constituent of the universe--galaxies. We end with consideration of the origin and ultimate fate of the universe.
Quantitative reasoning will be required in the laboratory portion of this course.
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Kihn, Thomas, THE COPERNICAN REVOLUTION
Cornell, James, ed., BUBLES, VOIDS AND BUMPS IN TIME: THE NEW COSMOLOGY
Kirshner, Robert, THE EXTRAVAGANT UNIVERSE
Hawking, Stephen, A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME: FROM THE BIG BANG TO BLACK HOLES (optional)
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Two term tests and a final exam, weekly laboratory assignments.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a general education course intended primarily for non-science majors. It does not require mathematics beyond a modest high school preparation. There are weekly laboratory assignments and meetings associated with the course, some of which will be at night so that objects may be viewed through telescopes at the Van Vleck Observatory.
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