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.
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.
Class Time TR 8:00-9:50 AM, Paine 118
Instructor Dr. Aikens
Office Hours TBD
L1: Science, Christianity, and Logical Fallacies
L2: How Big is the Universe?
L3: Newton’s Laws, Gravity, and Orbits
L6: Blackbody Radiation
L7: Atomic Spectra
L8: Nuclear Fusion
L9: Characteristics of Stars
L10: How Stars Form