ASTRO 100G: Planets, Stars and Galaxies

ASTRO 100G | OPEN | City Campus | Semester Two | New in 2020

Description

Planets, Stars and Galaxies tackles the story of our place in the universe. Key topics are the exploration of the solar system, searches for planets around other stars, the structure and evolution of stars and galaxies, high-energy astrophysics, and the origin and overall properties of the universe.  The course combines interdisciplinary research from Physics, Astronomy, Biology and Geology to consider the origins of life on earth and the possibility of life on other planets.
No background in physics or mathematics is assumed.

Note: This course was previously taught as PHYSICS 107/G. Students who have passed PHYSICS 107/G can not take ASTRO 100G. 

 

Learning outcomes

Students will:

- learn about the history of the universe and its contents

- learn about the night sky and its contents

- gain experience with and understanding of scientific methods

 

Assessment

·      Four assignments, one every 3 weeks: total 20% (4 x 5%)

·      Five lab experiments, one a week for 5 weeks: total 10% (5 x 2%)

·     Two tests: total 20% (2 x 10%)

·     Final examination: 40%