PHYS 1523 - Astronomy 2 - Stars, Galaxies and the Universe (3h)

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This course is the second part of a general introduction to astronomy. It emphasizes the night sky and objects in our solar system. The instructor discusses space science, telescopes, cameras and other instruments used in the study of astronomy. This course is the continuation of Astronomy 1 (Phys 1513). The course will offer a brief but concise coverage of a wide range of topics that balances core physics concepts with exciting topics both within and inspired by modern physics research. Starting with the study of the sun, our nearest star, the course ventures into the realm of exploding stars, pulsars, black holes and other exotic phenomena in the universe. Other topics include star formation, nuclear fusion, nucleosynthesis and stellar evolution. The central theme will be origins: the origins of our Universe, matter, galaxies, stars, planets, and life. The major goals of the course are to expand horizons, apply the scientific method, teach critical and logical thinking, and practice problem solving skills. Students are expected to develop the ability to search for, verify, interpret, and communicate scientific information.

Prerequisites: PHYS 1513

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Course Code Location Instructor Start Date End Date      
N2 Online Svetlana Barkanova Open Entry Syllabus More Info


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