PHYS 1902 V - From our Star to the Cosmos

Starting with the Sun, the course studies its composition and source of power, then compares our Sun with the other stars in the galaxy and beyond. Modern ideas concerning the structure, origin and evolution of the universe, pulsars and supernovae are examined.
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 minimal exposure to science or mathematics. This course focuses on galaxies and stellar phenomena. We will examine how stars form and evolve, and detail the methods astronomers and scientists use to learn about the universe on its largest scales. By the end of PHYS 1902 you will understand the motions of the sky, how telescopes work, the characteristics and properties of stars, how galaxies form, and how scientists learn about our universe. I hope that you will gain a deeper appreciation of science and astronomy – and have fun while learning!

CRN for section V: 14344

CRN for section VOD (optional Video On Demand service): 14345

In-class lecture time & location:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:05pm to 7:25pm, 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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