Quantitative and descriptive view of current knowledge/developments in the field and methods used to acquire/analyze data and draw conclusions. Emphasis is on historical and cultural perspective, modeling, tools of the astronomer, underlying physical principles. Some lab exercises. Topics include stellar astronomy, origin, structure, and evolution of the universe, Earth-Sun system, and planetary origins. Fall, Spring.
An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor who will supervise the independent study.
An in-depth study of the solar system, stellar evolution, exoplanets, binary and variable stars, black holes, and the effects of dark matter and dark energy on the evolution of the universe. Emphasis will be given to historical and cultural influences leading to present-day understanding. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including IQL 101 and ITW 101. Fall, Spring.