Teaching

Current Course

ASTR/PHYS 1060: The Universe

From the course catalog:

Components: Lecture

Requirement Designation: Physical/Life Science Exploration

Modern astronomy--central theme will be modern science's attempt to understand the nature and origin of the universe at large, including the matter and radiation that make it up. Specific topics include stars, exotic stellar objects (white dwarfs, red giants, neutron stars and black holes), supernova explosions, the origin of atomic elements, galaxies, giant radio sources, quasars, clusters of galaxies, the fabric of space and time, and Big Bang cosmology.

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Past Courses

ASTR/PHYS 4080: Introduction to Cosmology

From the course catalog:

Enrollment Requirement: Prerequisites: C- or better in ((PHYS 2500 OR ASTR 2500) AND PHYS 3740 AND PHYS 3760).

Components: Lecture

An introductory course which explores modern cosmological concepts. Discusses formation of galaxies, and clusters of galaxies, the expansion and the age of the Universe. Topics include the existence and properties of the cosmic microwave background, the origin of the light elements, cosmological inflation, and the role of dark matter and dark energy in the formation and expansion of the Universe. The course will introduce concepts of statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, special and general relativity as needed to explore the course topics. Recommended Prerequisites: PHYS 3740, PHYS 3760, and PHYS 4420.

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