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?

Planetary Perils: Is the Earth's climate changing? What is the evidence for past and future cosmic collisions?