Thomas R. Quinn
Topics of current interest, such as origin of chemical elements, novae and supernovae, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes, active galaxies, quasars, or interstellar medium and astrochemistry. Choice of topics depends on instructor and class interest. Prerequisite: either one 100- or one 200-level ASTR course.
The Winter 2012 course will be on cosmology. An overview of the physical basis by which we can understand the Universe as a whole will be given. Then recent observations related to cosmology will be discussed.
Student learning goals
The student will understand how the scientific method is applied to Cosmology.
The student will understand in broad terms the physics behind the prevelent cosmological models.
The student will know key observations which underpin cosmological models.
The student will comprehend recent popular publications on Cosmology and recent research issues.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading