Astronomy Undergraduate Courses • Summer 2018

Introduction to General Astronomy - 10

Introduction to General Astronomy


CCN: 13230

Instructor: Gaspard Duchene

This course provides a sweeping overview of our understanding of the Universe, from our own Solar System, and planets around other stars, to black holes, distant galaxies, the Big Bang and more exotic topics like the Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Gravitational Waves. We will also address the question of whether life can arise elsewhere in the Universe than on Earth. We will use fundamental laws of physics - which we will review as we need them - to make sense of the many phenomena that modern telescopes have revealed. The class will emphasize how our understanding of the cosmos is incomplete and continues to evolve even today; how theories …