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Spring/Summer Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Astronomy

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Spring Half-Term Courses

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Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-Concentrators.

ASTRO 101/111 discusses our explorations of the solar system. ASTRO 102/112 deals with stars and the rest of the Universe beyond the solar system. Students in ASTRO 101 and 102 attend a weekly discussion section. Students in ASTRO 111 and 112 actively participate in a laboratory which meets in the evening each week. None of these courses is a prerequisite for any of the others. 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 (rlsears@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A basic high school math and science background. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 101, 115, 130, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit.

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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

Section 101.

Instructor(s): Julia Plummer (plummerj@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A basic high school math and science background. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 102, 130, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit.

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu/~plummer/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, 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.

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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.

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ASTRO 399. Introduction to Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of ASTRO 399, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

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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Summer Half-Term Courses

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Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-Concentrators.

ASTRO 101/111 discusses our explorations of the solar system. ASTRO 102/112 deals with stars and the rest of the Universe beyond the solar system. Students in ASTRO 101 and 102 attend a weekly discussion section. Students in ASTRO 111 and 112 actively participate in a laboratory which meets in the evening each week. None of these courses is a prerequisite for any of the others. 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): Shannon Anne Murphy

Prerequisites & Distribution: A basic high school math and science background. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 102, 130, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit.

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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 Department


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