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 origin of matter will be traced from the formation of atoms, to 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 the recent results from space satellites concerning the cosmic microwave background radiation that fills the universe and the large scale distribution of galaxies that form the cosmic web.
Assigned reading, six homework assignments with some basic math required, and in-class discussion worksheets. Three exams, short answer and multiple choice.
Introductory course for non-science concentrators with an interest in the evolution of the Universe and those with a basic math and science background.
3 hours of lecture weekly