Physics of the Cosmos - 3
Introductory course emphasizing the application of physics to understand the physical processes on the Earth and beyond the Earth and how we know those processes are occurring while still being bound to the earth (or our solar system). The process and philosophy of science is examined from the astronomical perspective. Among topics included: the motions, properties, and evolution of the Sun, planets (including exoplanets), stars, galaxies, and universe and how we know; the analysis of electromagnetic radiation; atomic structure; astronomical instruments; brief history of astronomy; Newton’s law of gravity; General Relativity. Prerequisite: Reading Level 5 or 6. Recommended: Math BA with a grade of “C” or equivalent. Hours: 54 lect. CCS: Liberal Arts & Sciences. Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges.