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PHY 118 Contemporary Astronomy 4cr

The concepts and instruments of astronomy are introduced by observing, locating, and identifying heavenly objects by using the naked eye, binoculars, cameras, telescopes, and computer imaging equipment. Topics discussed include the solar system, stars and measurements of stars, galaxies, black holes, and stellar composition. A principal component of the course is commitment to understanding the physics of light, color, gravity, Newton's laws, and Einstein's principles. The students will participate actively in the observations and measurements of astronomical phenomena. Ways of knowing about the universe will be studied, comparing the earth-centered archaic view with the Newtonian-Galilean view, and finally Einstein's view.
Triad: Natural Science