PHYS 125 Astronomy

4 credits, Spring

Provides students with an overview of astronomy, including its history as a science and how its advances reflect the scientific method. Students will explore vast chronological and physical scales, ranging from the size scale and age of intelligent life on Earth to the immense distances between galaxies and age of the Universe since the Big Bang. The basic principles of electromagnetic radiation will be addressed to demonstrate how they relate to astronomical observation and how instruments are used to detect and analyze such radiation. A laboratory with exercises in observational astronomy and its techniques is included.

Prerequisite(s): Eligible for MATH 135 or higher and eligible for ENG 151 or higher

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