Physics 103: General Astronomy

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 Astronomy:

How have other cultures observed the sky? Is 2012 the end of the world?

What is the danger of asteroid and comet impacts leading to mass extinction?

How will our Sun (and with it the Earth) die?

Are we alone in the Universe? Will aliens ever invade