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Spring/Summer 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Astronomy

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Summer Half-Term Courses


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):

Prerequisites & Distribution: A basic high school math and science background. 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.

Three lectures and a two-hour evening laboratory section each week. Lecture topics include the birth, evolution, and death of stars and planetary systems; contents and evolution of the Milky Way and other galaxies; extreme forms of matter such as black holes, pulsars, and quasars; evidence for the Big Bang and the present state of our knowledge regarding the origin and ultimate fate of the Universe; and the principles of astronomical telescopes and scientific investigation. Discussion section format is similar to that in Astronomy 101 but concentrates on the universe beyond the solar system.

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

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: 5, Permission of Instructor

Spring Half-Term Courses


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 L Sears (sears@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A basic high school math and science background. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 115, 130, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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

Section 101.

Instructor(s): Philip A Hughes (hughes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A basic high school math and science background. 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 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, which meet for two evening hours each week, will include planetarium demonstrations and observations with telescopes (weather permitting).

Text Book: Universe, by William J. Kaufmann III & Roger A. Freedman, W. H. Freeman & Co., 1999 (Fifth Edition). If you buy a used copy of this text it may be missing the CDROM; you will not need this, but it does have some fun material, including a planetarium program.

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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: 5, Permission of Instructor

Spring/Summer Term Courses


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: 5, Permission of Instructor

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.

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. Astronomy 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.

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