The Solar System

ASTR201 (Liberal Arts) The Solar System 5 hrs. 4 crs. A scientific introduction to the Sun, Earth, planets and Solar System. Topics include gravity, magnetism, electromagnetic radiation, orbital motion, comparative planetology, atmospheres, minor bodies, and the formation and evolution of the Solar System. Also discussed are the structure and influence of the Sun on the planets, the possibility of life beyond the Earth, and the discovery of planets around the stars. 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.