College Of Arts And Sciences | Gravity, the Great Attractor: Evolution of Planets, Stars, and Galaxies
E105 | 0198 | Lugger

1:00-2:15 TR SW 119
The force of gravity acting between all particles in the universe causes the
formation and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies, and other astrophysical
systems.  This course will focus on current astrophysical approaches to
understanding the past history, present nature, and future lives and deaths
of these objects.  The historical context of modern science will be
considered.  The role of the scientific method in solving astrophysical
problems will be emphasized.  Students will be encouraged to develop the
reasoning skills used by scientists in formulating theories based on
observational data, making predictions, and testing and revising their
models.  The material covered will reflect the fact that modern astronomy is
a quantitative physical science.  While the approach will not be overly
mathematical, some high school level algebra and scientific notation will be

Problem solving skills will be developed through in-class exercises,
homework assignments, a short paper, and computer activities.  There will be
three in-class mid-term exams, a comprehensive final exam, and 13 in-class
quizzes.  The exams and quizzes will cover both factual knowledge and
interpretative skills that involve application of critical thinking
strategies.  Readings will include the astronomy textbook and articles from
Scientific American, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, and Discover.