As amazingly vast as space and time are, it is even more amazing that we have been able to understand them using only observations of light and basic laws of physics. This intermediate-level course is for the dedicated enthusiast seeking to continue Ast 110, or physics students seeking a rigorous introduction, with an emphasis on how our observations have been translated into physical understanding. Topics include an introduction to the physics of astronomy; how we have unveiled the nature of stars; the composition and evolution of galaxies; the cosmological distance ladder; and observational cosmology. Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: AST 110 or permission of instructor.
High school calculus or MA 117 recommended.
Taught Spring semesters. Sugerman.