A survey of the physics underlying astronomy. Includes motion, forces, gravitation; lenses, light & electromagnetic waves, spectra, inverse square law and star brightness; temperatures of planets, stars, and space; relativity; orbits. A calculator is needed for math examples.
Wednesday, March 22 – Mechanics of motion and force
Wednesday, March 29 – Lenses and telescopes
Wednesday, April 19 – Characteristics of light and electromagnetic waves
Wednesday, April 26 – Spectra
Wednesday, May 3 – Star brightness and temperature
Wednesday, May 10* – Primer on relativity
Wednesday, May 24 – Obtaining and describing orbits in space.
Time: classes start at 6:30 PM and finish around 8:30 PM.
Location: all classes are held at Cicatelli Center, 505 8th Ave, at 35th St. in Manhattan, 20th Floor. *Note: the May 10 class will be in the Training Room on the 19th Floor.
Instructor: David Kiefer
David Kiefer holds various Masters degrees, including a M.S. in astronomy from the Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing in Melbourne, Australia. He has taught physics and astronomy at colleges in New York and New Jersey, and is presently a lecturer at City College and at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York. A member of the AAA, Mr. Kiefer observes regularly at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.