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Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO)

ASTRO 130 (GN) Black Holes in the Universe (3) The predicted properties of black holes and the astronomical evidence for their existence are investigated in the context of modern ideas about space, time, and gravity.

ASTRO 130 Black Holes in the Universe (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Black Holes in the Universe introduces students to the predicted properties of black holes and the astronomical evidence for their existence. Modern ideas about the nature of space, time, and gravity are also covered. The key topics discussed in the course include Newton's and Einstein's theories of gravity, predicted properties of black holes, stars and their fates, how to detect a black hole, gamma-ray bursts, supermassive black holes in galactic nuclei, active galaxies, black hole spin, gravitational waves, Hawking radiation, singularities, and black hole child universes. The course is intended to be an attractive choice for students who are interested in enriching and broadening their understanding of modern physical science.

The course is intended for students who have completed and enjoyed the one-semester survey of modern astronomy, ASTRO 001 or 010. It has an interdisciplinary flavor, combining basic physical concepts, astronomical observations, and philosophical ideas to present a complete picture of the current understanding of black holes. Students use mathematics at the level of high school algebra.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: ASTRO 001, ASTRO 006 orASTRO 010

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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