Physics 102: Astronomy of the Planets

Class Goals



1. What is science? How does it work?

Why is science different from philosophy or religion?

Why is a scientific "theory" different from a conspiracy "theory?"

2. Learn about the Scientific Method through study of Planetary Astronomy:

How do we know there are planets around other stars?

How do we know if Mars was once habitable?

Is the Earth's climate heating?

What is the evidence for past and future cosmic collisions?