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Syllabus - ASTR/PHYS 109 Big Bang and Black Holes Fall 2011...

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ASTR/PHYS 109: Big Bang and Black Holes Fall 2011 Course objectives: This course is designed to give an intuitive understanding of the Big Bang and Black Holes, without mathematics, and de-mystify it for non-scientists. The primary goal is for students to learn about the origin and evolution of the Cosmos and communicate their understanding using their own words to a lay audience. Prerequisites: None Instructor: Prof. David Toback Office: Mitchell Institute (MIST), Room M425 Email: [email protected] Course website: http://faculty.physics.tamu.edu/toback/109 Textbook : “Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math,” by Toback (Web download) Recommended books: “A Briefer History of Time,” by Hawking and Mlodinow “Theory of Everything,” by Hawking “Stephen Hawkings’s Universe,” by Filkin “The First Three Minutes,” by Weinberg Other readings to be downloaded from the web Course Work and Grading: The bulk of the grade for this course is in the writing component. A premium will be placed on the ability to understand and convey the excitement about science, cosmology and the physical universe to the lay reader. By percentage, the grade is based on: Short papers: 85% In-class quizzes: 10%
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