This semester-long course introduces students to historical and modern astronomy. Topics include the nature of light, the atom, telescopes, and orbits. In addition, students will learn about the life cycles of stars, including an introduction to dark matter and black holes. Through various activities and experiments, students will explore our place in the universe as well as the relative scales of astronomical objects. As a class, we will leverage our disparate locations to reconstruct historical calculations such as the circumference of the earth by Eratosthenes and the distance to the sun by Aristarchus. Engaging with current research, we will examine the modern astronomical data used to search for and categorize the thousands of planets outside our solar system, and the considerations involved in the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life.
Completion of or enrollment in Honors Intermediate Algebra (OM012)