Course description

Explanation of Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity, which brought about a fundamental change in our conceptual understanding of space and time. The consequences of the theory: the relativity of simultaneity; mass-energy equivalence, nuclear fission and fusion and thermonuclear processes in starts; why we can’t travel faster than the speed of light; and how it all makes sense, including the resolution of some apparent paradoxes. Cosmology, studying the evidence for the evolution and future of the universe, and the considerations and evidence driving our theories, including an introduction to General Relativity and investigation of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The death of stars: white dwarfs, neutron stars and pulsars, and black holes.

Prerequisites

High school algebra and trigonometry.

Previous study in physics is recommended.

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Previously offered classes

Summer 2022: Online course

Section ID:ASTRO 1106 001-LEC
Number:1187
Session:Summer 6-week
Class dates:June 21-July 29, 2022
Final exam/project due:Tuesday August 02, 10 AM - 11:30 AM / Online (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 10 AM - 11:30 AM / Online
Mode of instruction:Online learning
Credit:3
Grade:Graded only
Instructor:Brazier, A. (ab447)
Max. enroll:35
Notes:Instructor will work with students from different time zones.
Eligibility:

Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

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To enroll:

This course is full. If you would like to be considered for a different class, please send an email to precollege@cornell.edu with the class number. You will want to first check that the class you want is not full before you write to us.

The application deadline for this program has passed. No further applications for this course will be accepted.

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