Feb 29, 2024  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Add to Personal Catalog (opens a new window)

PHYS 203 - Introduction to Astronomy


3 Credits
The natural curiosity of humanity is exemplified in astronomy, where humanity’s search for its origin is forever embedded in the search for the origin of our universe. Questions such as these are constantly being asked, answered and pondered by astronomers: What is the universe? How did it originate or has it always existed? What will be the ultimate fate of the universe? How do we measure the size of the universe? Is it flat or round? What is the origin of the chemical elements and how were they formed in stars? How are stars born, why do they shine and how do they die? What are white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes? What is “Einstein’s Universe” and the large-scale structure of space-time? Does life exist elsewhere in the universe? How can we find out? Since astronomy is the oldest of the sciences, a study of it will encompass issues concerning the history and philosophy of science. Three hours of lecture.  (LAS) (SI) (Core:Science)
Prerequisite(s): Three years of high school science recommended and one college math course such as MATH 105 - Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Viewpoint  or higher
Corequisite(s): Student who want SI credit must take PHYS 203 L - Introduction to Astronomy Lab  at the same time



Add to Personal Catalog (opens a new window)