PHYS 1523 N2

Astronomy 2 - Stars, Galaxies and the Universe

This course is the continuation of Astronomy 1. Starting with the study of the sun, our nearest star, the course ventures into the realm of exploding stars, pulsars, black holes and other exotic phenomena in the universe. Other topics include star formation, nuclear fusion, nucleosynthesis and stellar evolution. Observation session will be held as weather permits.

Instructor: Svetlana Barkanova
Prerequisites:
 PHYS 1513.
Antirequisites: Credit cannot be obtained for both PHYS 1523 and IDST 1703. PHYS 1523 may not be offered as a credit for a physics major.
Course Type: Online; Continuous-intake. Register anytime and learn at your own pace


In this course, you will learn about space science, telescopes, cameras and other instruments used in the study of astronomy. It will also offer a brief but concise coverage of a wide range of topics that balances core physics concepts with exciting topics both within and inspired by modern physics research.

Topics include:

  • The origins of our Universe
  • Matter
  • Galaxies
  • Stars
  • Planets
  • Life


The major goals of the course are to expand horizons, apply the scientific method, teach critical and logical thinking, and practice problem solving skills. You are expected to develop the ability to search for, verify, interpret, and communicate scientific information.