Course Detail

Units:

3.0
Course Components:

Lecture

Enrollment Information

Enrollment Requirement:

Prerequisites: "C-" or better in (((MATH 1220 OR MATH 1250 OR MATH 1320 OR MATH 1321 OR MATH 2210) OR AP Calculus BC score of 4+) AND ((PHYS 2210 OR PHYS 3210) OR AP Physics C Mech score of 4+)).

Description

This Foundations course provides an introduction to the breadth of Astronomy through the use of astronomical examples to reinforce physical concepts such as distance scales, magnitudes, mass, velocity, temperature, pressure and angular momentum. Topics include the celestial sphere, coordinate systems, Kepler's Laws, orbits, eclipses, tides, emission and absorption spectra, astronomical detection of light, telescopes, the Sun, properties of stars, our Galaxy, and galaxies. Recommended Prerequisites: MATH 1220 AND PHYS 2210.