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Introduction to Astronomy

PHYS - 180

Credits: 4

Catalog Year: 2017

A one-semester course concerned with the investigative tools of the astronomer and the implications of modern astronomical findings. The course begins by examining the nature of the scientific method and by applying that method to a number of key problems from the history of astronomy. It then proceeds to cover the most recent findings as to the nature, origin, and evolution of the planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe itself. Laboratory work includes observations with the unaided eye and the telescope, and analysis of more complex observations. This course may not be used to complete the following sequence: PHYS 181 Astronomy I: The Solar System and PHYS 182 Astronomy II: Stars and Galaxies. High School algebra or MATH 011 recommended.