102. Introduction to Astronomy

People of every time and culture have studied the skies, named the arrangements of stars and used the apparent motions of the sun and moon to mark time. This course, designed for the non-scientist, surveys the known contents of the universe with the objective of giving the student familiarity with them. The dynamic natures of celestial objects are also explored by study of their motions, interactions and evolutions. To foster appreciation for the methods of science, attention is given to western culture's slow path toward understanding the cosmos and our place within it. This course is taught in studio format; lectures are combined with laboratory experiences, fostering interaction among the students and instructor. Major credit restricted.