ASTRO 142 - From the Big Bang to the Milky Way
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
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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:
With permission of instructor.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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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, 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:

There will be regular/~weekly HWs that students will be able to submit via Canvas during designated time frame. HWs will include an online component (e.g., working with online databases) and regular paper-and-pencil problems.


ASTRO 142 - From the Big Bang to the Milky Way
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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