Astro 3

The Nature of the Universe

Fall 2016


This course provides a broad introduction to astronomy and our place in the universe. We will start by discussing the mind-bogglingly vast range in physical scales spanned by astronomy, and then learn how we can perform astronomical observations in our everyday lives. We will then follow the history of astronomy as a science, reviewing the fundamental physical concepts of motion, energy, gravity, and light on which it is based, along with the tools used to make astronomical measurements. After these preliminaries, we will delve into the nature of planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe as a whole. At the end of this course, students should appreciate the beauty and power of the scientific method as it applies to astronomy.


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