PHYS 141: Science as a Human Endeavor: Cosmology
Course Description: Cosmology is the study of the universe as a whole, including its origin and development. The focus of this course will be on understanding the modern scientific model of the origin of the universe – the Big Bang model. In order to do this, we will first need to understand some of the physical principles upon which it is based: Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, Einstein's theories of special and general relativity, the structure of matter and the forces that govern it, light and its properties, and the large-scale structure and motion in the universe. We will then examine the evidence for and problems with the Big Bang model, as well as some of its theological and philosophical implications.
Catalog Description: An exploration of what science is and how science changed our understanding of who we are and our place in the universe. This question will be explored as it relates to a topic of a particular science discipline. One hour lecture and three hours lab each week. Liberal Arts.
Bode’s Galaxy (Messier 81). Image: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
Class Time TR 8:00-9:50 AM, Paine 118
Instructor Dr. Aikens
Office Hours MWF 1-2 PM, Paine 108
Help Session Monday, 6-8 PM, Paine 118