This course focuses on our solar system and solar systems in general. We will cover topics including solar system formation and evolution, terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars and Earth, and Jovian planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. We will also discuss other members of the solar system such as asteroids and Kuiper belt objects like comets and Pluto. We will pay special attention to the discovery and understanding of extra solar planets.
This course focuses on the formation, and evolution of sun-like stars and more massive stars. We will begin by studying light and how it gives us information regarding stars. We then look at our closest star, the sun, in detail. We will explore stars in general with special consideration given to the processes of star formation and evolution. We will finish by discussing the end-state of sun-like stars, and for more massive stars, the supernova.
This course begins by examining our own galaxy, the Milky Way. We then look at galaxies in general, discerning between different kinds of galaxies and discussing their formation and evolution, and the role that dark matter plays. We go on to consider the universe as a whole. We will look at the current state of the mapping of the universe and its large scale structure. We will then look at its creation and evolution, and finish by considering extrasolar life.
In this course, we cover elementary topics in Newtonian mechanics, beginning with one and two dimensional kinematics and projectile motion. We then move to analysis of systems using a force approach, with and without friction. The next physics framework covered is a conservation approach, where we discuss conservation of momentum-impulse relationship. Finally, we discuss the conservation of energy, including kinetic and potential energy for gravitational and elastic systems. We also discuss the work-energy relationship.
In this course, we cover selected topics in Newtonian mechanics, including circular motion and rotational dynamics in general, with emphasis on conservation of angular momentum and problem-solving techniques. We then study oscillations, including simple harmonic motion and driven and damped oscillations. We apply these concepts to 2-D and 3-D waves, including applications in sound and light, interference, and wave optics. We discuss ray optics before ending the course with a treatment of Newtonian gravity.
This course focuses on electromagnetic theory and application. We being with a treatment of electric charges and the electric field for static and dynamic systems. We then cover the concept of electric flux Gauss's Law and electric potential energy. We then apply this theory to the practical application of electric circuits including resistors and capacitors. Our next topic is the magnetic field and electromagnetic induction. We include inductors in AC, RC and LRC circuits , and finish the course covering electromagnetic waves.
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