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Active as of Fall Semester 2013

I. General Information

1. Course Title:
Honors Astronomy/Physics

2. Course Prefix & Number:
PHYS 1425

3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:

Credits: 4

Lecture Hours: 3

Lab Hours: 2

4. Course Description:

This course introduces concepts in astronomy and physics through demonstration, description, experimentation, and modeling. The topics in physics include motion, gravity as force, energy, properties of matter, heat, electromagnetism, light, relativity, quantum theory, and structure of matter. The astronomy topics include stars and stellar evolution, galaxies, galactic clusters, the structure of the local universe, the laws governing the universe, cosmology, the early universe, and the rationale and evidence for black holes, dark matter, and dark energy. The laboratory activities provide opportunities for developing basic measurement and analysis skills. The student will develop critical thinking skills, apply scientific methods, and learn communication skills through oral presentation and written reports. Students in this course will be required to attend the Nobel Conference as a part of the course activity. Courses in the Honors Program emphasize independent inquiry, informed discourse, and direct application within small, transformative, and seminar-style classes that embrace detailed examinations of the material and feature close working relationships with instructors. In addition, students learn to leverage course materials so that they can affect the world around them in positive ways.

5. Placement Tests Required:

Accuplacer (specify test): Reading Score: 100
Other (specify test): ACT English Score: 24

6. Prerequisite Courses:

PHYS 1425 - Honors Astronomy/Physics

There are no prerequisites for this course.

7. Other Prerequisites

OR permission from the instructor or Honors Coordinator, or high school GPA of 3.5 or greater.

9. Co-requisite Courses:

PHYS 1425 - Honors Astronomy/Physics

There are no corequisites for this course.