PHYS 100 Astronomy

This course is an introductory survey of astronomy, the foundations of which include motions of the planets, the Moon, the Sun, and the stars; historical development of astronomy; an overview of the solar system; analyzing starlight; description, formation, evolution, and fate of stars; and an overview of the galaxies. Other topics may include planetary geology, the formation of the solar system, the search for planets around other stars, the big bang, expansion of the universe, dark matter, dark energy, and life in the universe. The Newhard Planetarium will be used to simulate motions of celestial bodies. Observing sessions may supplement classroom activities.




C1, GE