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Introduction to Astronomy

(Taught in HSSP Summer 2013)

“We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” –Neil deGrasse Tyson. I remember when I was in the 8th grade and first heard about astrophysics. I found it fascinating and frightening, and I thought that, surely, the only way into the subject was through densely written manuals and have an innate Hawking mind. Luckily, this is absolutely wrong, and basic astrophysics is accessible to anyone. This class is designed for students who are intrigued by the night sky but have never taken an intensive course in astronomy or astrophysics. Black holes, the big bang, Kepler – learn about the who’s, what’s and where’s of the universe. Note: no prior knowledge about astronomy is necessary. We will rely on basic mathematics for 'back-of-the-envelope' calculations.