Astronomy: An Exploration of Scales and Structures in our Universe
|Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of first-year studio and 1.0 credit of first-year liberal studies, including the first year writing course with a minimum passing grade of 60%, and an overall average of 60%.
|This course will explore the science of Astronomy from the perspective of scale and structure: how, from the microscopic scales of atoms, molecules and light, we have come to understand the macroscopic scales of stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the large scale structure of the Universe. Astronomy is an intensely visual science, with exquisite structures and morphologies revealed by increasingly sophisticated technologies, probing wavelengths the human eye can and cannot see; yet surprisingly the visual contains only a small fraction of the known Universe. Instead, “Dark Matter” and “Dark Energy” make up the bulk of our Universe. We will examine the scientific method of astronomers, and how they have reached such unanticipated results.
|Anti-requisite: Students who have previously taken SCTM 2B94: Special Topic in Science, Technology and Mathematics: Astronomy: An Exploration of Scales and Structures in our Universe may not take this course for further credit.
|Course was last updated June 12, 2009 - 11:45 AM|