Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies and the Universe

ASTR102 (Liberal Arts) Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies and the Universe 3 hrs. 3 crs. This course concerns the most basic elements of the sky: the stars. Students learn not only how the sky moves and appears, but also how that information forms our model of the Universe. To build this discussion the student will learn how modern science allows us to determine the fundamental properties of stars (temperature, size, distance and mass) and to probe the depths of the Universe. Specific topics may include Kepler's laws of orbits, nuclear fusion, the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, the stellar life cycle, binary stars, the Milky Way and galaxies, the Big Bang and the fate of the Universe. Not open to students with credit in ASTR 121.

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