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Expanded Course Description
The course is an introduction to the science of astronomy for non-science majors, with an emphasis on stellar astronomy and the contents of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. Our star, the Sun, is directly or indirectly the source of all the energy necessary to sustain life on our world. This course will study the birth, evolution and death of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, with a particular emphasis on the underlying science behind stellar and galactic evolution, the observational aspect to astronomy and our knowledge of how the Universe operates on the stellar scale.
The goals of this course are 1) an introduction to the basic forces of Nature and structure of matter, 2) to obtain an understanding of the science and techniques that underlie observational astronomy, and 3) develop problem solving skills relating to the mathematics, physics and chemistry of stars. In addition, this course traces the history of our developing knowledge of stars and our galaxy in order to explore how the scientific method works and how civilization has gained from the progress of science and technology. The interplay between technology (telescopes, space observatories) and knowledge gained about the stars is a key theme to the course.