Quantitative and descriptive view of the origins, structure, contents, and evolution of our solar system. Class includes both lecture and hands on lab exercises and the basics of night sky observing. Topics include formation of the solar system, planets and other bodies, current research missions, exploration and potential colonization.
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 ITW 101 and QL. Fall, Spring.