Academic Bulletin 2020-2021 
    Apr 15, 2024  
Academic Bulletin 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PHYS 021 - Introduction to Astronomy

Credits: 4
A descriptive study of the solar system, the stars, and the universe on its largest scales. Topics covered include the phases of the Moon, the seasons, the tides, the historical roots of astronomy, the constellations, telescopes, the sun, star formation and evolution, compact objects, and the expansion of the universe. The course is designed to give students an appreciation of the beauty and order of the known universe. Use is made of Wible Planetarium and Newton Observatory. Because observations are weather dependent, students in the course must plan to complete an observation during appropriate evening or other hours.


Pre- or Corequisite: PHYS 121  

Distribution Requirements: QR, SP.

Students may receive credit for only one course from among PHYS 020, PHYS 021, PHYS 121 , and PHYS 129.