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Fall 2015-2016
* AST 203 (QR)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Universe

David N. Spergel
Anatoly Spitkovsky

This specially designed course targets the frontier of modern astrophysics. Subjects include the planets of our solar system, the birth, life, and death of stars; the search for extrasolar planets and extraterrestrial life; the zoo of galaxies from dwarfs to giants, from starbursts to quasars; dark matter and the large-scale structure of the universe; Einstein's special and general theory of relativity, black holes, neutron stars, and big bang cosmology. This course is designed for the non-science major and has no prerequisites past high school algebra and geometry. High school physics would be useful.

Sample reading list:
Bennett, et al, The Cosmic Perspective, 7th Edition

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: Approximately 30 pages per week. Six homework assignments through the semester.

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 40%
Problem set(s) - 35%

Other Requirements:
AST 203 not allowed if AST 204 taken.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
This course is intended for humanities and social science majors; however, familiarity with high school algebra and geometry will be assumed. An introductory high school physics course will also be useful..

Other information:
If the class is full and you would like to get on the waiting list, please contact the Astrophysics Undergraduate Administrator at This course is offered every year.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
24522 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled