PHYS 1901 T - Planetary Astronomy

Description of the known stellar, galactic and extra-galactic systems together with the instruments used to study them. Modern ideas concerning the structure, origin and evolution of our own planet. Formation of the Moon - Earth system. Study of the planets in our solar system.
Precludes additional credit for PHYS 2203.

This is one of two introductory courses on astronomy offered by Carleton. It is aimed at general interest students who have had a minimal exposure to science or mathematics. The course focuses on the solar system and planetary phenomena. We will introduce the constituents of the solar system, and the methods astronomers and scientists use to learn about our neighbourhood in the universe. You will also learn how to observe the sky for yourself. By the end of PHYS 1901 you will understand the motions of the sky, the characteristics of the planets, how telescopes work, how the solar system formed, and how scientists learn about our universe. We hope that you will gain a deeper appreciation of science and astronomy, and have fun while learning!

CRN for section T: 34516

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 34517

In-class lecture time & location:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:35pm to 8:55pm, 103 SC

Instructor: Kenneth Moats

Kenneth Moats

About the instructor: Originally from Saskatoon, I received my B.Sc. in Physics with a minor in Astronomy from the University of Saskatchewan. I then received my M.Sc. and PhD from Carleton in theoretical particle physics, performing calculations and computer simulations of experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. I continued this work as a postdoctoral fellow at Carleton before conducting research in nuclear physics with Defence Research and Development Canada. I currently work with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and have been teaching physics courses at Carleton as a contract instructor since 2014.

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