PH-105: Introduction to Space Science I: Stars and Normal Galaxies

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: PH-105 Introduction to Space Science I: Stars and Normal Galaxies

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 2 class hours

Credits: 2

Pre-requisites (if any): Students must complete an developmental requirements in Mathematics (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking both of these courses. Offered as needed.

Course Description in college catalog:

An introduction to the Cosmos: stars, galaxies and the universe. Topics for 105 include gravitation, orbits, stellar lifecycles, the search for extra-solar planets and extraterrestrial life. Topics for 106 include galactic evolution (including quasars) and morphology, dark matter and large-scale structure, special and general relativity, black holes, and the Big Bang. Conceptual thinking and mathematical reasoning will be emphasized.

These courses will be taught at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium. They are designed as a two-semester sequence, but they may be taken separately and in either order. The two courses together would fulfill the non-laboratory science requirement. Individually, the courses will fulfill Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Engineering Science

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences

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