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“The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” — Albert Einstein

Offered in Spring 2014

ASP 104 Introduction ot Physical Sciences

An introduction to physics, geology, and astronomy and the relationship of each to the other. Emphasis on critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques using both computer-based and laboratory activities. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Physical Science without a Lab.

ASP 202 University Physics II (ASP 201 or equivalent required as a prerequisite)

Second semester introductory physics geared towards chemistry majors and students interested in carreers in health sciences (i.e. Pre-Med). Lectures and laboratories in laws of thermodynamics; ideal gases and thermal properties; kinetic theory of gases; fluid mechanics; electricity and magnetism; RCC circuits; laws of Gauss, Ampere, and Faraday; magnetic properties, Maxwell’s equations, and optics.

ASP 221 Introduction to Cosmology

The scientific study of the origins and evolution of our universe: how the universe began, how it has evolved, and what its future may be. Topics: physics according to Galileo, Newton, & Einstein, relativity, black holes, the expanding universe, scientific models for our universe, the Big Bang, the origins of matter, energy, dark matter and dark energy, and how human society and culture has affected and been affected by our understanding of our place in our universe. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Physical Science without a lab.

ASP 410 Research (by instructor approval only)

This is a semester of astronomy “boot camp” for students and community members interested in doing research at the Barber Research Observatory.

Offered in Fall 2014

ASP 102 Stars & Galaxies

A classic introductory astronomy course and descriptive introduction to modern concepts of the physical universe for non-science majors. Topics include methods of scientific inquiry, telescopes, relativity and modern physics, the Sun, stars, galaxies, and the greater universe. Course Information: ASP 101 is NOT a prerequisite for this course. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Physical Science without a Lab.

ASP 201 University Physics I (Calculus I required as a prerequisite)

First semester introductory physics geared towards chemistry majors and students interested in carreers in health sciences (i.e. Pre-Med). Lectures and laboratories in kinematics; Newton’s three laws; work and energy; conservation of linear momentum; angular momentum; rotational dynamics; gravitation and Kepler’s laws; harmonic motion, waves, and sound.

Offered in Spring 2015

ASP 104 Introduction ot Physical Sciences

An introduction to physics, geology, and astronomy and the relationship of each to the other. Emphasis on critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques using both computer-based and laboratory activities. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Physical Science without a Lab.

ASP 202 University Physics II (ASP 021 or equivalent required as a prerequisite)

Second semester introductory physics geared towards chemistry majors and students interested in carreers in health sciences (i.e. Pre-Med). Lectures and laboratories in laws of thermodynamics; ideal gases and thermal properties; kinetic theory of gases; fluid mechanics; electricity and magnetism; RCC circuits; laws of Gauss, Ampere, and Faraday; magnetic properties, Maxwell’s equations, and optics.

ASP 303 Modern Astronomy (completion of Gen Ed Math requirement prerequisite)

Quantitative approach to the solar system, astrophysics, and stellar systems. Students will be expect to at least have mastered college algebra.

General Course List

Courses are open to undergraduate and master’s degree students. In 400-level courses, however, graduate students are expected to do additional work, including reading selected primary sources and, when appropriate, completing additional observatory/laboratory work.

Courses
of General Interest
**

ASP 101 Solar Systems & Planets (3 hrs.)*

ASP 102 Stars & Galaxies (3 hrs.)

ASP 104 Introduction to Physical Science (3 hrs.)

ASP 221 Introduction to Cosmology (3 hrs)

Courses for Science Students ***Image taken from hubblesite.org
ASP 303 Modern Astronomy
ASP 404 Astrophysics
ASP 406 Modern Cosmology
ASP 407 Practical Astronomy
ASP 408 Observational Astronomy
ASP 409 Galaxies: Structure and Evolution
ASP 410 Research 1-4 hrs.

ASP 420 Topics in Astronomy

Courses in Physics
ASP 201 University Physics I  3 hrs., plus 3 hr. lab
ASP 202 University Physics II  3 hrs., plus 3 hr. lab

*This course is also offered on a non-credit basis to residents of
Central Illinois. Contact us for more information.

**Each of the general interest courses fulfil the UIS General Education requirement for physical science without lab.

*** The courses for science students are offered on a less frequent basis.