AST103 Principles of Astronomy (SL) provides the basic concepts of the astronomical study of the universe and involves the development of astronomical ideas from ancient times to the present. The course emphasizes the relationship of Earth to the universe. The scientific principles needed to understand the concepts in astronomy are presented and include Newton’s laws of motion and of universal gravitation, the nature of light, spectroscopy, atomic structure, special relativity, thermonuclear reactions, and general relativity. Topics include the solar system, the sun and other stars, galaxies, and modern ideas in cosmology. Appropriate laboratory exercises and at-home activities are integrated into the course. 4 credits
Pre-requisites: EGL093, MAT092 or MAT097.