Astronomy with Laboratory
A survey of the universe, beginning with the
Earth, Moon, the planets, and the Sun, and
continuing outwards to distant stars, galaxies,
galactic clusters, superclusters, and
large-scale structure. The emphasis will be on
the interplay between physical theory
and observation that leads to the modern
astrophysical perspective of the universe.
Topics include the origin and evolution of stars,
formation of red giants, planetary
nebulae, white dwarfs, neutron stars, supernovae,
and black holes. We will explore the
present state of our knowledge of these objects
and how this knowledge is acquired.
The course concludes with a discussion of quasars
and the past, present, and future of
the universe according to the Big Bang cosmology.
There will be laboratory and
observing sessions, demonstrations, and exercises.