Courses & Programs

Modern Astronomy [E]

COURSE CODE: AST 140

CREDITS: 4

PREREQUISITES: Prerequisites: AST 110 and MTH 097 or MTH 095 or MTH 099 or SM18.

A more detailed treatment of topics in modern astronomy, including Stellar structure and evolution; special and general relativity; black holes; quasars and the quasar controversy; radio galaxies; the expansion of the universe; the Big Bang and alternate model cosmologies; the 3 degree Kelvin microwave background; open, closed, or static universe and the search for the missing mass; and observational attempts to establish the curvature of space. A laboratory is included to support the theory. Knowledge of high school algebra is recommended. Prerequisites: AST 110 and MTH 097 or MTH 095 or MTH 099 or SM18.