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Survey of the Universe

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ASTR 001 920
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Wickramasinghe, Thulsi
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Course Note
Only one ASTR course below ASTR 011 may be taken for credit. Engineering students receive no credit for this course.
Course Description
A general survey, designed for the non-major, of the facts and theories of the astronomical universe, from solar system, to stars, to galaxies and cosmology. Topics include planets, satellites, small objects in the solar system, and extraterrestrial life; stars, their evolution, and their final state as white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes; galaxies, quasars, large structures, background radiation, and big bang cosmology. Elementary algebra and geometry will be used. This course is not recommended for physical-science majors or engineering students.
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