Astronomy courses

Courses

ASTR 104. Cosmology in the Twentieth Century.

The twentieth century saw the emergence of a coherent scientific understanding of the physical universe as a whole. According to this understanding, the universe has evolved from a hot, dense, and rapidly expanding soup of elementary particles into the system of galaxies we see today. But the picture is not complete, and topping the list of unresolved puzzles is the identity of the so-called dark matter. We cannot see the dark matter (hence its name), but we do measure its gravitational influences on matter we can see. The disconcerting conclusion is that there is much more dark matter than visible matter. This course examines the development of modern cosmology, with attention to both that which seems to be well understood and that which is not yet understood. Enrollment limited to 64. [S] [Q] Normally offered every year. E. Wollman.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

ASTR 106. Introduction to Astronomy.

How can we use light to learn about the universe? How can we measure the properties of planets, stars, and galaxies? How can we explore our cosmic origins and the history of the universe? This course provides an introduction to modern astronomy with an emphasis on how we know what we know. Course reinstated beginning Winter 2017. [S] [L] [Q] One-time offering. A. Diamond-Stanic.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations