PHY 252: Elementary Astrophysics
Prerequisite: PHY 112 or 114 or permission of instructor
General Education requirement: Natural Science Technology
Broad introduction to astrophysics, exploring basic topics and modern developments in the field, such as telescopes, the electromagnetic spectrum, and physical properties of stars, as well as the evolution of stars from stellar nurseries to stellar death. Other subjects might include cosmology, celestial mechanics, the structure of the solar system, and the planets. Observations of celestial objects will be made at the university observatory. The course is designed for students in technical majors such as physics, engineering, and mathematics.