2023-2024 Catalog

PHYS 104 Astronomy: The Solar System

An introduction to the study of the Sun and its contingent of planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. Up-to-date details of the orbits, surfaces, atmospheres, and interior structures as deduced from telescopic and spacecraft data are discussed. The elementary physics of gravity, orbits, and distance measurement leads to a limited amount of problem solving. Includes weekly laboratory sessions and occasional nighttime observing sessions with telescopes. Requires only high school algebra and trigonometry. [NS]