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Unformatted text preview: Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 1 Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math ASTR/PHYS 109 Dr. David Toback Lecture 1 Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 2 Overview 1. What this course really about and why Im teaching it 2. How the course is organized 3. Stuff youll need for the course and the next lecture Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 3 Big Picture This course is really designed to teach the wonder and excitement of the universe around us I want it to be understandable I want you to be able to communicate this excitement to others Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 4 Question and Evidence I think in terms of stories as well as questions and their answers We have a good degree of confidence in the story and some of the answers to some of the BIG questions Everyone should know about the questions and what we know about the answers They should also know something about the evidence Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math Questions How did the Universe come to exist? What happened right after the Big Bang? How did we get from a Big Bang 14 billion years ago to the Universe we have today? What is the evidence for the Big Bang? 5 Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 6 Communicating the Excitement I will admit I have a bone to pick I think there is WAY too much ignorance about science and science phobia I prefer a world where there is evidence- based decision making Some of the many problems: 1.Physics taught for people to USE rather than enjoy (physicists/engineers in training) 2.Teaching physics requires math, and lots of it, which makes it un-fun for most people 3.Taught by people who have forgotten what it was like to not understand Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 7 Communicating the Excitement A great deal of the excitement can be understood WITHOUT the math You can enjoy music without being a musician or a composer As future leaders I want you to be able to go out into the world and effectively teach your senators, kids, co-workers, etc. why this stuff is exciting and important Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 8 Course Content This course is designed to teach you about the Big Bang, Black Holes and other stuff, and to do it without the Math A Big Bang occurred then what? How did we get from the Big Bang to the Universe we live in today?...
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course PHYS 109 taught by Professor Davidtoback during the Fall '11 term at Texas A&M.

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