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LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, GR, Fall 2007, Dept = ASTRO
 
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Title
Section
Instructor
Term
Credits
Requirements
ASTRO 101 — Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System and the Search for Life Beyond Earth
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Monnier,John D; homepage
Instructor: Hartmann,Lee William

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: BS, NS, QR/2

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 111 or 115.

This course presents an introduction to the field of astronomy and astrophysics with an emphasis on the discoveries from space exploration. The first third of the course deals with understanding the history of astronomy, orbits, gravitation, optics, and the properties of light and matter. The rest of the course explores the properties, origin, and evolution of the major planets, asteroids, comets, the Sun, and other components of the Solar System with particular emphasis on comparative aspects with respect to the Earth. The origin and formation of the Solar System and the origin of life will also be discussed. This course is intended for non-science concentrators with a basic high school math and science background.

ASTRO 111 has a two-hour laboratory section every week. ASTRO 101 has a one-hour discussion section. Course requirements include assigned reading, section meetings, homework, observations, quizzes, midterm, and a final examination. Laboratory sections include observations with telescopes.

Advisory Prerequisite: A basic high school math and science background.

ASTRO 101 — Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System and the Search for Life Beyond Earth
Section 008, LEC

Instructor: Monnier,John D; homepage
Instructor: Hartmann,Lee William

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: BS, NS, QR/2

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 111 or 115.

Three lectures and a one-hour discussion period each week. Lecture topics include sun, planets, earth-moon system, comets, and asteroids, including information obtained from recent space probes; telescopes; time and the seasons; and the origin of the solar system and of life. Discussion sections feature planetarium visits, observing sessions with telescopes, demonstrations of astronomical phenomena, and student-inspired topics.

Advisory Prerequisite: A basic high school math and science background.

ASTRO 102 — Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Miller,Jon Matthew
Instructor: Gnedin,Oleg Y

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: BS, NS, QR/2

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 112, 120, 130, or 160

Discover the nature of stars, black holes, luminous nebulae, supernovae, galaxies, and other cosmic phenomena. In this concept-focused course you will learn what these objects are, how they formed, and what is ultimately in store for the universe. Explore the roles of light, energy, and gravity in astronomy, and get hands- on experience with telescopes and other astronomy tools during mini-labs.

Three lectures and a one-hour discussion period each week. REVISED FOR WINTER 2007: Having trouble with Math Anxiety? The discussion section includes a workshop that covers basic tools and methods for solving problems. Basic high school math is a prerequisite.

Advisory Prerequisite: A basic high school math and science background.

ASTRO 102 — Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Section 008, LEC

Instructor: Miller,Jon Matthew
Instructor: Gnedin,Oleg Y

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: BS, NS, QR/2

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 112, 120, 130, or 160

Discover the nature of stars, black holes, luminous nebulae, supernovae, galaxies, and other cosmic phenomena. In this concept-focused course you will learn what these objects are, how they formed, and what is ultimately in store for the universe. Explore the roles of light, energy, and gravity in astronomy, and get hands- on experience with telescopes and other astronomy tools during mini-labs.

Three lectures and a one-hour discussion period each week. REVISED FOR WINTER 2007: Having trouble with Math Anxiety? The discussion section includes a workshop that covers basic tools and methods for solving problems. Basic high school math is a prerequisite.

Advisory Prerequisite: A basic high school math and science background.

ASTRO 120 — Frontiers of Astronomy
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Volonteri,Marta

FA 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: BS, NS
Other: FYSem

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 102, 112, 125 or 160

Topics emphasized stem from modern extragalactic astronomy, with a stress on areas that are still emerging, such as dark matter, expansion of the universe, and formation of structures in the universe.

Advisory Prerequisite: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.

ASTRO 127 — Naked Eye Astronomy
Section 001, LEC

FA 2007
Credits: 1
Reqs: BS, NS
Other: Minicourse

Students learn about the nature of the most common astronomical objects that can be observed by eye, such as the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, comets, and meteors. The motion of these objects in the sky is studied along with their influence on the Earth

ASTRO 127 — Naked Eye Astronomy
Section 002, LEC

FA 2007
Credits: 1
Reqs: BS, NS
Other: Minicourse

Students learn about the nature of the most common astronomical objects that can be observed by eye, such as the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, comets, and meteors. The motion of these objects in the sky is studied along with their influence on the Earth

ASTRO 127 — Naked Eye Astronomy
Section 003, LEC

FA 2007
Credits: 1
Reqs: BS, NS
Other: Minicourse

Students learn about the nature of the most common astronomical objects that can be observed by eye, such as the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, comets, and meteors. The motion of these objects in the sky is studied along with their influence on the Earth

ASTRO 127 — Naked Eye Astronomy
Section 004, LEC

FA 2007
Credits: 1
Reqs: BS, NS
Other: Minicourse

Students learn about the nature of the most common astronomical objects that can be observed by eye, such as the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, comets, and meteors. The motion of these objects in the sky is studied along with their influence on the Earth

ASTRO 127 — Naked Eye Astronomy
Section 005, LEC

FA 2007
Credits: 1
Reqs: BS, NS
Other: Minicourse

Students learn about the nature of the most common astronomical objects that can be observed by eye, such as the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, comets, and meteors. The motion of these objects in the sky is studied along with their influence on the Earth

ASTRO 127 — Naked Eye Astronomy
Section 006, LEC

FA 2007
Credits: 1
Reqs: BS, NS
Other: Minicourse

Students learn about the nature of the most common astronomical objects that can be observed by eye, such as the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, comets, and meteors. The motion of these objects in the sky is studied along with their influence on the Earth

ASTRO 160 — Introduction to Astrophysics
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Aller,Hugh D; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: BS, NS, QR/2

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 102, 112, 120, or 130

This course is an introductory course in astrophysics, intended for science students who have a background in mathematics (MATH 115 level) and physics (prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 140). The lectures will cover selected topics in modern astronomy (loosely following the text book), and the accompanying laboratory is aimed at giving students practical experience in observational techniques.

Advisory Prerequisite: MATH 115, and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 140 or 160.

ASTRO 389 — Individual Studies in Astronomy
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 3
Other: INDEPENDENT

Individual reading and study in astronomy under the guidance of the instructor.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ASTRO 399 — Introduction to Research
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 3
Reqs: BS
Other: INDEPENDENT

This course is for students in Astronomy who are prepared to undertake a limited research project under the guidance of a member of the staff of the Department of Astronomy. ASTRO 399 is open to qualified students in other departments and is subject to approval by concentration advisors and members of the staff of the Department of Astronomy.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ASTRO 402 — Stellar Astrophysics
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Calvet,Nuria Pilar

FA 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: BS

This course examines the appearance, structure, and evolution of stars. We examine the basic physical processes that cause stars to have their observed structures; a study of the energy generation through nucleosynthesis; the basic physical laws that lead to the structure of stars; the transfer of radiation through the outer parts of the star; how spectroscopic information informs us as to the composition and motion of stars; and an in-depth look at the late stages of stellar evolution and stellar death.

Advisory Prerequisite: MATH 216, and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 340.

ASTRO 403 — Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Bergin,Edwin Anthony; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: BS

The interstellar medium (the gas between stars) comprises a wide variety of material that interacts closely, and often violently, with individual stars and the host galaxy. The underlying atomic and molecular physics is developed; we examine how gas is ionized by hot stars and supernova remnants; we analyze the content of the cold pervasive atomic and molecular gas in the galaxy, how it often lies in spiral arms, and why giant molecular clouds are the most active sites of star formation. Recent discoveries are highlighted.

Advisory Prerequisite: MATH 216 and prior or current enrollment in PHYSICS 340 (or 260) and 390

ASTRO 429 — Senior Seminar
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Bernstein,Rebecca A; homepage
Instructor: Bregman,Joel N; homepage
Instructor: Gnedin,Oleg Y

FA 2007
Credits: 2
Reqs: ULWR, BS

Student-faculty discussion of selected problems in two or three currently active areas. This is also the Astronomy Department's senior writing course. Attendance at weekly department colloquia is required.

Course Description:

In this section of AY 429, we will discuss and apply techniques for writing clearly and concisely. Clear thinking becomes clear writing, and scientific discussion of a few recent articles will be an important part of this class.

Grading Policies:

Grading will be based on classroom participation and writing assignments. This will include in-class writing and peer-editing work. The final grading will be done according to the following table:

Assignment Percentage
Writing Assignments 60%
Participation 40%

Homework Policies:

Late homework is accepted, but suffers a 2-letter-grade penalty for each day late. While you may work in groups, each essay set should reflect your own understanding and be in your own words.

Advisory Prerequisite: Senior Astronomy concentrators. ASTRO 402 and 404.

ASTRO 500 — Theoretical Astrophysics: Light and Matter
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Bregman,Joel N; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: BS

The major theme of this course is the physical basis behind much of modern astrophysics, emphasizing thermal and non-thermal radiation mechanisms, radiative transfer, fluid mechanics and plasma physics. Atomic and molecular structure will be developed, along with the variety of transitions that occur and are observed, while the treatment of non-thermal radiation fill focus on synchrotron and Compton scattering.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

ASTRO 501 — Modern Astronomical Techniques
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Bernstein,Rebecca A; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: BS

The physical, mathematical, and practical methods of modern astronomical observations at all wavelengths are covered at a level that prepares students to comprehend published data and prepare for their own observations. Major topics include: noise sources and astrophysical backgrounds; astronomical optics and aberrations; the physical basis of coherent and incoherent photon detectors; design and use of imaging, spectroscopic, and polarimetric instruments; coordinate and filter systems; antenna theory; aperture synthesis and image reconstruction techniques; and further topics of interest at the discretion of the instructor.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

ASTRO 690 — Theoretical Astrophysics
Section 001, LEC

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 4

Special topics in Theoretical Astrophysics. Topics to be decided by instructor.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

ASTRO 691 — Observational Astrophysics
Section 001, LEC

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 4

Special topics in Observational Astrophysics. Topics to be decided by instructor.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

ASTRO 699 — Special Problems
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 8

A course on problems in astronomy. Content varies by term and instructor.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

ASTRO 901 — Research in Theoretical Astrophysics
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 8

Research in theoretical astrophysics. The universe displays a wonderful diversity of structure spanning an enormous range of scales in mass, length, and time. The physical character and dynamic history of many of these astrophysical systems — stars, galaxies, the entire Universe — are not fully understood. Michigan theoretical astrophysicists are working to improve our understanding of how the Universe, and the structures within it, came to be. Topics of interest include development of the early Universe, inflation, formation of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, star formation and cosmology, and dynamics of astrophysical fluids. Much work is guided by observations from optical telescopes, such as the Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT telescope, as well as several NASA missions.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

ASTRO 902 — Research in Observational Astrophysics
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 8

Using large telescope facilities, research is done in observational astrophysics at the two 6.5 m telescopes of the Magellan Project at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, the 2.4-m Hiltner and 1.3-m McGraw-Hill telescopes of the MDM Observatory in Arizona, and the 26 m radio telescope at Peach Mountain Observatory near Ann Arbor.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

ASTRO 990 — Dissertation/Precandidate
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 8

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

Advisory Prerequisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing.

ASTRO 995 — Dissertation/Candidate
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 8

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

Enforced Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate

 
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