ASTRO 142 - From the Big Bang to the Milky Way
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/2
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to students who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 112.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will trace our progress in understanding the nature of the Universe, from the early Greeks to today, with emphasis on our current understanding based on Einstein's relativity. The Big Bang Theory will be presented, and the origin of matter will be traced from the formation of atoms, through the formation of the first stars, to the build-up of galaxies such as the Milky Way. Dark energy and the ultimate fate of the universe will also be discussed in the context of recent results from Earth- and space-based telescopes, which reveal the cosmic microwave background radiation that fills the universe, and the large scale distribution of galaxies that form the cosmic web. This course is intended for non-science concentrators with a basic math and science background.

Intended audience: Introductory course for non-science concentrators with an interest in the evolution of the Universe.

Course Requirements: Assigned reading, homework assignments with some basic math required, and in-class exercises. Examinations may involve both multiple choice and short answer questions.

Class Format: 3 hours of lecture weekly

ASTRO 142 - From the Big Bang to the Milky Way
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521546232
An introduction to galaxies and cosmology, Author: ed. by Mark H. Jones and Rober, Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press [u.a.] Co-publish 2004
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