Undergraduate Catalog

PHYS 112 Introduction to Astronomy

An introduction to astronomy. Topics include basic motions of the sun, moon, and planets; history of astronomy from Copernicus to Newton; properties of telescopes; interaction between light and matter; classification of stars; stellar evolution; black holes and neutron stars; properties of galaxies. Emphasizes the scientific method. Includes use of the Marywood Celestron 8 telescope and computer modeling. The mathematics involved uses only formulas, no trigonometry or beyond. For all majors. Satisfies the science core requirement. Three hours lecture.