Astronomers use the principles of physics and mathematics to answer questions about the fundamental nature of the universe and about celestial bodies such as the sun, moon, planets, and stars. They may apply their knowledge to problems in navigation and space flight.
This course is a general introduction to astronomy covering: the history of astronomy; the solar system; the evolution of stars; galaxies; and, cosmology. The course will include a descriptive analysis of the physical laws that are relevant to the dynamics of the universe. The study will address astronomical beliefs that have influenced human thinking, philosophy, and morals.
This is a laboratory course in introductory astronomy that teaches observations of various astronomical objects interactively through a series of computer-based projects that act as a virtual telescope.