112. Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 102, 130 or 222. (4). (NS).
This course is intended primarily for non-science concentrators with a basic high school math background, who wish to learn about the phenomena and properties of the Universe beyond our solar system. Astronomy 101 and 111 are NOT pre-requisites. Lectures will inventory the different types of stars and examine how red giants, white dwarfs, black holes, supernovae and people all fit together in a grand, remarkable scheme. The larger picture includes our Milky Way system, less hospitable exploding galaxies, and mysterious quasars. The present state of knowledge or speculation regarding the origin, ultimate fate, and space-time characteristics of our Universe will also receive special attention. It all ends somewhere, but where...and why? The course grades are to be derived from midterm and final examinations, scheduled quizzes over reading assignments, and laboratory exercises. Laboratory sections, which meet for four evening hours each week, will include planetarium demonstrations and observations with telescopes mounted on Angell Hall. [Cost:2] [WL:4]
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