Erin K. S. Hicks
Introduction to astronomy for students in the physical sciences or engineering. Topics similar to ASTR 101, but the approach uses more mathematics and physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 123.
This course will introduce students to the field of astronomy including topics such as the evolution cycle of stars, modern exploration of the planets in our solar system, the wide variety of galaxy types identified in the universe and their formation and evolution through cosmic time, the observed structure of the universe, cosmology concepts including the formation and history of the universe, and life in the universe. The fundamental astronomy knowledge required to examine these topics with a mathematical approach will be covered throughout the course.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Familiarity with calculus and basic principles of electromagnetism is recommended, as implied by the PHYS 123 course prerequisite. The course will be using the text "The Cosmic Perspective, Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology edition, 5th ed." to acquire a conceptual comprehension of the topics covered. This will then be supplemented with a more mathematical comprehension using the text "Foundations of Astrophysics". However, all needed material from this latter text will be provided to students, and it is thus not necessary to purchase the "Foundations of Astrophysics" text for the course.
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