Spring 2024

Alien Worlds

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as ASTR-112


Daniella C. Bardalez Gagliuffi (Sections 01 and 01L)


How did our solar system form? Are planets like Earth typical or rare? When, where, and how might we find life elsewhere in the universe? This course will provide an introduction to the formation and evolution of solar systems, including an exploration of the geology, chemistry and biology of the planets in our own solar system. We will discuss the origins, successes and limitations of techniques being used to discover planets around other stars (exoplanets), and the nature of planetary habitability. Our investigations will focus on understanding proportionalities, relative sizes, and visual representations of data, as well as evaluating the reasonableness of quantitative answers rather than on lengthy calculations.

Limited to 45 students (25 spots reserved for first-year students). Preference to first-year students and seniors. Spring semester. Professor Bardalez Gagliuffi.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: quantitative work and working in groups

ASTR 112 - LEC

Section 01
M 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SCCE A019
W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SCCE A019

ASTR 112 - LAB

Section 01L
Th 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM SCCE A013


Other years: Offered in Spring 2025