The Dark Side of the Universe
Fall 2018 not offered
The physical world we experience is one of normal matter, energy, and--if one looks up at night--stars. But on larger scales, the universe has an exotic and much-less-well-understood side dominated by things we call dark matter, dark energy, and black holes. What are these mysterious components, and what is the relationship between them and the world that is familiar to us? The answers lie at the frontier of modern astrophysics. In this course, we explore the evidence for the existence of these dark components and the current debates regarding their nature and origin. In different ways, each of them has a vital role in the evolution of the universe and its ultimate fate.
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|Course Format: Lecture
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Your Cosmic Context, by T. Duncan & C. Tyler (Pearson Addison-Wesley), ISBN 978-0-13-240010-7
|Examinations and Assignments:
Bi-weekly assignments and quizzes, and a comprehensive final exam.
|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. This course is NOT eligible for credit for those who have taken ASTR105 or ASTR107.
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