Physical Science Syllabus - CORE-UA-209 Physical Science...

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CORE-UA-209 Physical Science: Quarks to Cosmos Fall 2016 Lectures: Mon, Wed 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Meyer 121 Instructor: Prof. Joshua Ruderman Contact: [email protected] , Office Phone: 212-998-7717 Office Hour: Mon 2:00 - 3:00 PM and by appointment, Meyer 530 Lab Instructor Nitya Doddamane Zachary Forbes Shafi Mahdawi Contact [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Office Hour Thu 2:00 - 3:00 PM Tue 3:00 - 4:00 PM Mon 4:00 - 5:00 PM Meyer 538 Meyer 639A Meyer 538 Laboratory Sections: Meyer 161 Lab Section Day Time 2 Wednesday 1:00 - 2:40 PM 3 Wednesday 3:00 - 4:40 PM 4 Wednesday 5:00 - 6:40 PM 5 Thursday 9:00 - 10:40 AM 6 Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:40 PM 7 Thursday 1:00 - 2:40 PM 8 Friday 9:00 - 10:40 AM 9 Friday 11:00 - 12:40 PM Course Description This course will introduce you to the modern scientific understanding of our Universe. Topics to be covered include stars, such as stars like our sun, white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes; galaxies; the expansion of our Universe; the Big Bang; and the makeup of our Universe including ordinary matter, dark matter, and dark energy. We will cover these concepts and learn about how physicists arrived at these concepts. Course Objectives learn how to absorb, and then discuss, qualitative information about a variety of sci- entific topics learn about scientific research that is now going on see how we learn about our Universe using the scientific method (combining observa- tion, experimentation, and theory) 1
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CORE-UA-209 Syllabus show how light carries information about the cosmos learn how stars like the sun generate energy learn how stars evolve into white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes provide an overview of the Big Bang theory Online Materials Class announcements, links, etc. , will be disseminated using a course tumblr: q2cfall2016.tumblr.com . Announcements will be cross-posted on twitter: @q2cfall2016 . Core materials will also be posted to NYU Classes. You must have an active NYU email account to access NYU Classes. Course Texts Astronomy Today, Volume II: Stars and Galaxies , 8th Edition, Chaisson and McMillan Quarks to Cosmos: Laboratory Manual , 2016. Using an older version of Astronomy Today is probably fine, but I will not confirm any changes in section/chapter numbers. Lectures Lectures will help you to learn the material and succeed on the course exams. Questions will be handed out in each lecture, and these questions will form the basis for what you are responsible for on the exams. The answers to all questions will be discussed in lecture, and the answers to some questions can also be found in the textbook. Lecture sheets will be available in class, during the relevant lecture, and will later be posted online (normally one week after lecture). NY Times Readings A key objective of this class is to introduce you to contemporary scientific research. Towards this goal, you are required to submit a weekly summary of a recent article from the NY Times science section ( any article ). You should choose a recently published article (September 1, 2016 or later). Each summary should be three paragraphs long, and should be submitted via
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