Introduction to Cosmology
ASTR203 (Liberal Arts) Introduction to Cosmology 5 hrs. 4 crs. A scientific introduction to galaxies and the structure, origin and fate of the Universe. Topics include gravity, special and general relativity, electromagnetic radiation, galaxies and galaxy clusters, and Hubble's law. Also discussed are the expansion of the Universe, the Big Bang, inflation, and the parameters that determine the fate and content of Universe: dark matter, the density of the fate and content of Universe: dark matter, the density of in the cosmic microwave background radiation. Preq: MATH 121. Coreq: MATH 121. Laboratory, computer and observatory exercises will be used, including at least one nighttime lab. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory.