In this course, students explore the basics of astronomy and other subjects related to physics. We examine our solar system, stellar lifecycles, as well as the structure and creation of the universe. Topics will align with the IB curriculum and may include spectral lines, special relativity, and even recent breakthroughs on gravitational waves.

This class is available to juniors and seniors who have previously learned Newton’s laws of motion and forces. Current enrollment in precalculus or an equivalent class is highly encouraged. Students should expect to participate in labs, analyze real astronomical data, and partake in nighttime observations when weather permits.

(This course will not be offered in 2024-25.)

Min-Max Credit Hours: 1.0-1.0