Life in the Universe
Autumn Quarter 2008
Prof. Scott Gaudi
0120 Baker Systems Engineering
Professor: Scott Gaudi
- Office: 4057 McPherson Lab (614-292-1914)
- Office Hours: Tue, Wed, Thur 11:30am-12:30pm, or by appointment
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Astronomy 141 is an introduction to the study of life in the universe,
or alternatively, astrobiology. The topics that will be covered in the course exist
at the interfaces of astronomy, chemistry, biology, geology, and the earth and planetary sciences. We will learn about scientists' ongoing quest for answers to some of the
most fundamental human questions: How did life originate on
Earth? Is there life on other planets? Are we alone in the universe?
What is the long-term future of life in the universe?
In particular, we will divide our time approximately equally between three topics: (1) the emergence and nature of life on
the Earth, (2) the potential for life on other planets in the solar system,
and (3) the search for habitable worlds and life throughout the Galaxy. The course will begin with a brief introduction
to modern science and astronomy, and end with a brief digression on the long-term future of life on our planet,
and in the universe in general.
Note that this is a 5 credit course, which counts
as a Physical Science Course in the Natural Science category of the
General Education Curriculum.
- The Class Syllabus
may be downloaded in PDF Format [110kb]
The final exam results are below.
The links below lead to outlines of the lectures. These are intended to
provide a guide to the subjects that will be covered during class and
are by no means transcripts of the lectures.
I strongly encourage class attendance, as not all of the essential class
material will appear on these web pages or in the text.
Outlines will generally become available at the beginning of the week in which
the lectures occur.
I recommend that students make copies of these outlines before
class and then take notes on these outlines during class.
There will be four (4) homework assignments during the quarter. Homework will
be handed out on Mondays and due on the following Monday.
- Homework 1: [Problem Set | Solutions] (Due Monday, October 6)
- Homework 2: [Problem Set | Solutions] (Due Monday, October 27)
- Homework 3: [Problem Set | Solutions] (Due Monday, November 17)
- Homework 4: [Problem Set | Solutions] (Due Monday, November 24)
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