Introduction to Astronomy [E]
A survey of the universe. The physical properties and motions of the earth, moon, sun, and other planets of the solar system are discussed in detail together with a qualitative description and historical development of the observations and physical theories upon which our understanding of the universe is based. Stellar structure and stellar evolution, galaxies, quasars, black holes, and the expanding universe are discussed in a general way, leading to a discussion of intergalactic travel and communication. The methods and tools of astronomical research are introduced. Experiments from the laboratory manual are conducted. During scheduled night observations, students will acquire experience with the college telescope and equipment. Some limited use of college academic computing facilities will be made. Students must register for a lecture and a lab.