ASTRO 160 - Introduction to Astrophysics
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/2
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 102, 112, 120, or 130.
Advisory Prerequisites:
MATH 115, and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 140 or 160.
Other Course Info:
F, W.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Discover the extraordinary nature of the astronomy: stars; black holes; galaxies; dark matter; and the universe. This course uncovers the astrophysics behind the most important and common astronomical phenomena in our universe. A major topic is stars and their lives, which can end violently through supernova explosions, leaving behind black holes or neutron stars. This is followed by the study of the Milky Way and its content, other galaxies, and how unseen “dark” matter shapes the universe we see today. We conclude with the origin of the universe and the limitations of looking back in time. In this course, the professor interacts closely with the students, plus the laboratory will provide practical experience in observational techniques, including use of our telescopes. There will be a midterm, final, homework, and lab assignments.

Intended Audience: Introductory course for either non-science concentrators with some math or physics background, or for science concentrators.

ASTRO 160 - Introduction to Astrophysics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LAB)
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
003 (LAB)
Tu 7:00PM - 9:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521821964
Astronomy : a physical perspective, Author: Kutner, Marc Leslie., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2003
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