Courses in Astronomy (Division 326)

101. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System. No credit is granted to those who have completed 111 or 130. (4). (NS).
Section 001.
Astronomy 101 students attend the same lectures as Astronomy 111 students. For course description, see Astronomy 111, section 001.

Section 007. Astronomy 101 students attend the same lectures as Astronomy 111 students. For course description, see Astronomy 111, Section 007.

102. Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe. No credit is granted to those who have completed 112 or 130. (4). (NS).
Section 001.
Astronomy 102 students attend the same lectures as Astronomy 112 students. For the course description, see Astronomy 112, Section 001. (Teske)

Section 007. See Astronomy 112, Section 006.

111. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System. No credit is granted to those who have completed 101 or 130. (4). (NS).

Section 001. Lectures are the same for both Astronomy 101 and 111. They deal with the beginnings of astronomy, motions of bodies in the solar system, time and the seasons, properties of light and atoms, telescopes, the Sun, the Earth, the Moon, individual planets and satellites, comets and meteors, and the origin of the solar system and life. Astronomy 111 has laboratory sections. Astronomy 101 has discussion sections. Course requirements include homework observations, six short quizzes, two midterms and a final examination. Laboratory sections include observations with telescopes. A planetarium visit will be arranged. (Sears)

Section 006. Lectures are the same for both Astronomy 101 and 111. They deal with the beginnings of astronomy, motions of bodies in the solar system, properties of light and atoms, the Sun, the Earth, the Moon, individual planets and satellites, comets and meteors, and the origin of the solar system and life. The exploration of the solar system by spacecraft will be emphasized. Astronomy 111 has laboratory sections every week. Astronomy 101 has discussion sections. Course requirements include two midterms and a final examination. Laboratory sections include observations with telescopes. A planetarium visit will be arranged.

112. Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe. No credit is granted to those who have completed 102 or 130. (4). (NS).

Section 001. This course is intended primarily for non-science majors and it is not necessary for a student in it to have taken Astro 101 or 111 as a pre-requisite. The subject of the course is the astronomical description of the Universe beyond the solar system. We will examine the properties of stars, of the material in space between the stars, and of the galaxies, and will give special attention to current scientific views about the nature and origin of the Universe. There will be quizzes, two midterm examinations, and a final examination. Astronomy 102 students will have homework connected with their discussion sections; Astronomy 112 students will work on laboratory exercises. The discussion sections and laboratory sections will include planetarium demonstrations and observing sessions with the telescopes.

Section 006. Lectures are the same for Astronomy 102 and 112. This course treats modern ideas concerning the origin and evolution of stars, galaxies, and of the Universe as a whole. The lectures emphasize current knowledge of the formation and evolution of stars toward their ultimate destiny as white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes. The course will outline the evidence that the Universe is currently expanding from a hot dense phase in the distant past toward a fate that is accessible to observation. Specific objects such as supernovae, quasars, and galaxies are also examined. Course work includes assigned reading, short quizzes, midterm and final examinations, and section meetings. Astronomy 112 students have evening laboratory and observation periods every other week, and daytime discussions in alternative weeks. Astronomy 102 has only discussion sections.

130. Explorations in Astronomy. No credit is granted to those who have completed 101, 102, 111, or 112. (4). (NS).

This course covers selected topics concerning the stars, the galaxy, and the universe. Some of the subjects discussed are: the results of the space program, the life history of stars, interstellar nebulae, pulsars, black holes, normal and peculiar galaxies, quasars, and the evolution of the universe. There are four lectures per week and observations with telescopes and a planetarium visit will be arranged. (D. Richstone)

221. General Astronomy: The Solar System. Prior or concurrent election of Math. 115. No credit is granted to those who have completed 101, 111, or 130. (4). (NS).

Astronomy 221-222 is a two-term introductory sequence intended primarily for students in the sciences and engineering. In the Fall Term, Astronomy 221 deals with the astronomy and physics of the solar system. Topics covered include: (1) principles of orbit theory; (2) interior structure, surface features and atmospheres of the planets; (3) the minor constituents of the solar system; (4) the sun. Laboratory work will include observations with the telescopes atop Angell Hall, experiments and discussions. Homework problems are assigned almost weekly. Some outside reading will be assigned. There will be two midterm examinations and a final examination. (Teske)

261/NOEP 301. Navigation. (2). (Excl).

See NOEP 301. (Lt. Costello)


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