ASTRO 201 - Introduction to Astrophysics
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/1
Waitlist Capacity:
10
Advisory Prerequisites:
Calculus and physics at the high school or university level is strongly recommended.
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:

Description

Discover the extraordinary nature of astronomy, e.g. 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. Calculus and physics at the high school or university level is strongly recommended. Students should expect a level of math equivalent to MATH 115 (Calculus I).

Class Format:

As an Online 'DC' (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning.

The weekly lectures for this course will be recorded and made available asynchronously. We will also have labs that can be done in pairs or small groups synchronously but schedulable by the students.

This course will use Canvas for all asynchronous online components. Optional synchronous meetings with the instructor will be conducted through Zoom. Students should have access to a microphone.

Testing for this course will be asynchronous and will consist of short answer and problem-solving questions that will be submitted via Canvas during a designated time frame.

Schedule

ASTRO 201 - Introduction to Astrophysics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 Online
11656
Open
4
 
-
MWF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: As an Online 'DC' (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. The weekly lectures for this course will be recorded and made available asynchronously. We will also have labs that can be done in pairs or small groups synchronously but schedulable by the students.
002 (LAB)
 Online
11657
Open
3
 
-
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: As an Online 'DC' (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. The weekly lectures for this course will be recorded and made available asynchronously. We will also have labs that can be done in pairs or small groups synchronously but schedulable by the students.
003 (LAB)
 Online
11658
Open
2
 
-
Tu 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: As an Online 'DC' (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. The weekly lectures for this course will be recorded and made available asynchronously. We will also have labs that can be done in pairs or small groups synchronously but schedulable by the students.

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