PHS 113 - Astronomy - Exploring the Universe
Exploring the universe is an exciting challenge as you are led away from earth on a journey through the cosmos and back again. Starting with a look at the historical origin of the constellations and a basic knowledge of the sky, you are taken into the realm of the stars, galaxies, and the universe at large. Current theories of the birth, life, and death of stars will show you the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. Theories of the origin of the universe will give you an informed opinion of the nature of existence itself. The return trip to earth brings you a look at our solar system with the NASA provided knowledge of the planets. Extensive hands-on experience is generated in the laboratory, which makes full use of the off-campus Link Planetarium and Kopernik Observatory.
3 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Explain the motion of the planets, Sun, and stars in the sky as seen from different locations on Earth.
2. Describe the motion of the Moon and how it creates tides and eclipses.
3. Describe the development of astronomical theories and models, from early Greek observations through the Copernican revolution to modern day.
4. Use and understand the underlying concepts of astronomical tools such as telescopes, spectrometers, and star charts.
5. List the members of the solar system, describe their characteristics, and explain theories concerning their information.
6. Explain the structure of the Sun, the production of solar energy, and the interaction of the Sun with the Earth.
7. Explain the methods used to measure stellar distances, masses, luminosities, diameters, densities, and populations.
8. Explain stellar evolution from cloud collapse through main sequence lifetime to compact object creation.
9. Describe the structure, formation, and evolution of the Milky Way and other galaxies, including active galaxies.
10. Describe the universe and its evolution in the Big Bang model.