Barnard College

ASTR C 1234x Astronomy-Physics-Geology, The Universal Timekeeper: An Introduction to Scientific Habits of Mind

Introduction to ideas and models of thought in the physical sciences, adopting as its theme the use of the atom as an imperturbable clock. Lectures develop basic physical ideas behind the structure of the atom and its nucleus and then explore such diverse applications as measuring the age of the Shroud of Turin, determining the diets of ancient civilizations, unraveling the evolution of the universe, and charting the history of earth´s climate.
Prerequisites: Prerequisite for ASTR C1235 is ASTR C1234. Working knowledge of high school algebra. Not offered in 2015-2016.
3 points