Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 2201: The History of the Universe

Credit Hours3
Cross-listed with

Assumes no scientific background.

Typically OfferedFall/Spring

Lecture 1:  TTh 10:10a-11:25a
Lecture 2: MWF 10:10a-11:00a

General discussion of our relation to the physical universe and how our view of the universe has changed from ancient to modern times. Several main themes are covered over the course of semester: the evolution of our view of the sky from that of ancient cultures to that of space telescopes; the death of stars and the formation of black holes; dark matter and the structure of galaxies, and the origin, evolution and fate of the universe. Presents a nonmathematical introduction to these subjects and discuss uncertainties and unresolved issues in our understanding.