ASTRO 142 - From the Big Bang to the Milky Way
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/2
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in: ASTRO 102, 104, or 201; or PHYSICS 112.
Waitlist Capacity:
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 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.

Course Requirements:

Assigned reading, six homework assignments with some basic math required, and in-class discussion worksheets. Three exams, short answer and multiple choice.

Intended Audience:

Introductory course for non-science majors with an interest in the evolution of the Universe and those with a basic math and science background.

Class Format:

3 hours of lecture weekly

ASTRO 142 - From the Big Bang to the Milky Way
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 019853096X
Foundations of modern cosmology, Author: John F. Hawley and Katherine A. Holcomb., Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press 2. ed. 2005
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