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Spring/Summer '00 Course Guide

Courses in Astronomy (Division 326)


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Spring Half-Term, 2000 (May 2 June 23, 2000)
Spring/Summer Term, 2000 (May 2 August 18, 2000)
Summer Half-Term, 2000 (June 28 August 18, 2000)


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Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-Concentrators
Astronomy 111 discusses our explorations of the solar system. Astronomy 112 deals with stars and the rest of the Universe beyond the solar system. Students in Astronomy 111 and 112 actively participate in a laboratory which meets in the evening each week. Neither of these courses is a prerequisite for the other. High school mathematics through plane geometry is useful. All students in each course will have opportunities for a planetarium visit and for evening observations with telescopes.


Astro. 111. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System.

Section 101.

Instructor(s): Richard Sears (rlsears@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 130, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu/users/sears/Sp00/111/NEWS.html

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. Astronomy 111 has a two-hour laboratory section every week. Astronomy 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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Astro. 112. Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe.

Section 101.

Instructor(s): Hughes Philip (phughes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 102, 130, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu/users/hughes/ucourses/112sp00/index.html

This course is intended primarily for non-science concentrators, who wish to understand the phenomena and properties of the universe beyond our solar system. There are no astronomy prerequisites, and a basic high school math background (e.g., not calculus) will suffice.

Students examine the widest possible range of interrelated natural phenomena, from sub-atomic particles to the Universe as a whole. Lectures inventory the different types of stars and examine how red giants, white dwarfs, black holes, supernovae, and people all fit together in one grand, remarkable scheme. The larger picture includes our Milky Way galaxy, less hospitable exploding galaxies, and enigmatic quasars. The present state of knowledge or speculation regarding the origin and ultimate fate of our universe will also receive special attention. It all came from somewhere, but where...and why?

Course grades will be derived from scheduled quizzes or exams, and laboratory exercises. Laboratory sections will include planetarium demonstrations and observations with telescopes (weather permitting).

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Astro. 389. Individual Studies in Astronomy.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course consists of individual reading and study in astronomy under the guidance of the instructor.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Astro. 399. Introduction to Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. Open to qualified students in other departments subject to approval by concentration advisors and members of the staff of the Department of Astronomy.

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Spring/Summer Term Courses

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Astro. 389. Individual Studies in Astronomy.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course consists of individual reading and study in astronomy under the guidance of the instructor.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Astro. 399. Introduction to Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. Open to qualified students in other departments subject to approval by concentration advisors and members of the staff of the Department of Astronomy.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.


Summer Half-Term Courses

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To see what has been added or changed in Astronomy this week go to What's New This Week.


Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-Concentrators
Astronomy 111 discusses our explorations of the solar system. Astronomy 112 deals with stars and the rest of the Universe beyond the solar system. Students in Astronomy 111 and 112 actively participate in a laboratory which meets in the evening each week. Neither of these courses is a prerequisite for the other. High school mathematics through plane geometry is useful. All students in each course will have opportunities for a planetarium visit and for evening observations with telescopes.


Astro. 112. Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe.

Section 201.

Instructor(s): Timothy Paglione (paglione@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 102, 130, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will show you the concepts of modern astronomy using the basic observable objects in the sky: stars. We begin with the most elemental cosmology where we are the center of our universe, and describe how the heavens appear. We will define the basic physical concepts fundamental to understanding starlight that allow us to know the distances, sizes and chemical compositions of stars, and in turn, the structure of galaxies and origin of the Universe. I hope you leave this class with a broad understanding of our view of the scale and structure of the Universe, how we gain this knowledge, and how this view continues to change. The course schedule will evolve during the semester, but I intend to follow the outline given.

Tests and Final Exam: There will be three in-class tests on major course topics. The final exam will be the same format as these tests, and counts equally towards your grade. Though the final will mostly focus on the last topics covered in class, you will also be responsible for the major concepts from the course as a whole.

Homeworks and Labs: Homeworks will be assigned periodically to prepare for the tests. Astronomy 102 students will have weekly assignments. Laboratory sections, which meet for two evening hours each week, will include planetarium demonstrations and observations with telescopes. The lab schedule for Astronomy 112 is rather fluid since it depends somewhat on the weather.

Text: Astronomy Today, Chaisson & McMillan, third edition

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Astro. 389. Individual Studies in Astronomy.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course consists of individual reading and study in astronomy under the guidance of the instructor.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Astro. 399. Introduction to Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. Open to qualified students in other departments subject to approval by concentration advisors and members of the staff of the Department of Astronomy.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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