ASTRO 104 - Alien Skies: A Tour Through the Universe
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/2
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course we shall be “traveling” through space and time to “visit” firsthand some of the remarkable features of our Universe. Our “spacecraft” will be built from our imagination, but its destinations will reflect what astronomy and physics have revealed about the nature of our Universe. We will see the Solar System from different planets, look back at the Sun from neighboring stars, and travel throughout our home Galaxy even as we prepare to embark to distant galaxies and beyond. As we travel extremely far from home, we will find that we also have to move back in time to see how the galaxies, stars, the Sun, and the Earth came about in the first place. The physical concepts that we require to understand what we see will be introduced as we go along, and some of these will be used many times during the course. Online notes will be available during the course of the term, though students may use any number of standard modern Astronomy textbooks to supplement these notes and the class lectures. Nighttime lab sections are intended to give students opportunities to study the sky directly using their eyes, binoculars, and telescopes, weather permitting. Calculators and a lab notebook will be very useful for the labs.

Intended audience: This general, introductory 100-level class is intended for non-science majors.

Course Requirements: Cumulative points as follows: homework sets (8 assignments, each worth 5 points for a total of 40 points); two mid-term exams, each worth 10 points, and one final exam worth 20 points); and from the lab or discussion section (20 points). Students also may earn an extra point for each three correct answers to bonus questions associated with every lecture and posted on the course web site, up to a maximum of 10 extra points.

Class Format: 3 hours/week in lecture with weekly 2-hour labs using facilities in Angell Hall, which include astronomical telescopes and a modern planetarium. Lab will be taught and administered by GSIs.

ASTRO 104 - Alien Skies: A Tour Through the Universe
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
26278
Open
23
 
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MWF 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISCUSSION 002-005 WILL BE AUTO-ENROLLED IN LECTURE 001.
002 (LAB)
P
26279
Open
5
 
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M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISCUSSION 002-005 WILL BE AUTO-ENROLLED IN LECTURE 001.
003 (LAB)
P
26280
Open
4
 
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Tu 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISCUSSION 002-005 WILL BE AUTO-ENROLLED IN LECTURE 001.
004 (LAB)
P
26281
Open
14
 
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W 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISCUSSION 002-005 WILL BE AUTO-ENROLLED IN LECTURE 001.
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