CRN

90215

Course No.

NSCI 161

Title

Astronomy

Professor

Peter Skiff

Schedule

Tu Th 1:30 pm -3:30 pm HEG 102

Distribution

E

An introductory course in astronomy and astrophysics, developing the current status of knowledge and theories of the solar system, individual stars, galaxies, and the interstellar medium. Theories of particular unique objects (quasara, pulsars, supernovae, X-ray stars, and black holes) will be discussed in terms of models of stellar, galactic, and cosmic evolution.

CRN

90216

Course No.

NSCI 181 A

Title

Light and Color

Professor

Burton Brody

Schedule

Tu Th 10:30 am - 12:30 pm ROSE 108

Distribution

E/G Q Course

An introduction to light, optical phenomena, and related devices, including some historical perspective; classical and modern models of light; light and color in nature, and vision; the geometrical optics of lenses, mirrors, and related devices; the physical optics of interference and diffraction; spectroscopy and polarization; color science, lasers, and holography. Without assuming either prior knowledge of physics or heavier mathematics, we will develop models in class and explore them in weekly labs. Prerequisites: high school algebra and trigonometry (certified at registration).

CRN

90217

Course No.

NSCI 181 B

Title

Light and Color

Professor

Burton Brody

Schedule

Mon Th 1:30 pm -3:30 pm ROSE 108

Distribution

E/G Q Course

See description above.

CRN

90218

Course No.

NSCI 223

Title

History of Science after Newton

Professor

Peter Skiff

Schedule

Tu Th 4:00 pm -5:30 pm HEG 102

Distribution

A/E

cross-listed: Victorian Studies

A survey of major agendas of physical science since 1750. Characteristic episodes include Lavoisier and the theory of elements; Maxwell and the mathematization of physics; arguments about light from Newton, Young, Michelson, and Einstein; twentieth-century atomic theory; and the emergence of "big science."