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PHYS 101 Introduction to Astronomy Summer 2011

Apr 29, 2011

A fun course for Summer 2011

PHYS 101 (3 Credit Hours)
Introduction to Astronomy (Gen-Ed)

Taught by Dr. Kishor T. Kapale (Assistant Professor of Physics)
Why should you take this class?
Whether you realize it or not, the Earth is an integral part of the universe and it is
continuously impacted by the events around the universe. It is more important than
ever to develop an understanding of the new occurrences in Astronomy and Modern
Physics in order to appreciate our unique place in the universe, to get some feeling for the fate of our precious star Sun, to know where the universe is headed, and to learn how all of that may affect the life here on the Earth and the Earth itself!
Why take this class in the summer?
We have more good-weather days in Macomb for astronomical observations during the summer months. Therefore, you will get more chance to play with the telescope and see more of the cosmic objects, including a breathtaking view of Saturn and its magnificent rings, several stars, and several star clusters.
What would you learn from this class?
This course will help you learn the fundamentals of Astronomy, and the scientific
method used in all of science along with:
• Understanding the distance and time scales of the Universe.
• The basic tools of astronomy: telescopes, nature of light, and spectroscopy.
• History and fate of our Solar system.
• Life cycle of stars and their effect on evolution of life here on the Earth.
• Exotic objects such as white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes.
• The frontiers of our understanding of the universe through the concepts of dark matter and dark energy.
Register for this introductory astronomy class, have a fun filled and informative summer, and have an opportunity to raise your GPA simultaneously.

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