Courses in Astronomy (Division 326)

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-Concentrators.

Astronomy 101/111 discusses our explorations of the solar system. Astronomy 102/112 deal with stars and the rest of the Universe beyond the solar system. Students in Astronomy 101 and 102 attend a weekly discussion section. Students in Astronomy 111 and 112 actively participate in a laboratory which meets in the evening every other week and in the daytime in alternate weeks. Astronomy 130 covers selected topics from the whole field of astronomy. 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 the telescopes mounted on Angell Hall.

101. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System. No credit is granted to those who have completed 111 or 130. (4). (NS).
Section 001.
See Astronomy 111, Section 001. (Elste)

Section 006. See Astronomy 111, Section 007. (Sears)

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

See Astronomy 112. (MacAlpine)

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, 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. Astronomy 111 has laboratory and discussion sections alternating every week. Astronomy 101 has only discussion sections. Course requirements include homework observations, five short quizzes, a midterm and a final examination. Laboratory sections include observations with telescopes. A planetarium visit will be arranged. Textbook: Exploration of the Solar System, by W.J. Kaufman, III (Macmillan, 1978). (Elste)

Section 007. 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 and discussion sections alternating every week. Astronomy 101 has only discussion sections. Course requirements include homework observations, five short quizzes, a midterm and a final examination. Laboratory sections include observations with telescopes. A planetarium visit will be arranged. Textbook: Exploration of the Solar System, by W.J. Kaufman, III (Macmillan, 1978). (Sears)

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

This course is intended primarily for non-science majors who wish to learn about the phenomena and properties of the Universe outside our solar system. The lectures will inventory the different types of stars and examine how red giants, white dwarfs, black holes, supernovae and people all fit together in a grand evolutionary scheme. Discussions of galaxian star systems will emphasize current investigations of our Milky Way system, less hospitable exploding galaxies, and enigmatic quasars. The present state of knowledge regarding the geometrical characteristics, origin, and ultimate fate of our Universe as a whole will also receive special attention. Textbook: Exploring the Cosmos by Berman and Evans. The course grade will be derived from two class examinations, announced quizzes over reading assignments, and homework or laboratory exercises. High school mathematics through plane geometry is useful. Students who elect Astronomy 112 or 102 attend the same lectures. In addition, Astronomy 112 students attend a laboratory which meets for two evening hours every other week and for one daytime hour in alternate weeks, while students in Astronomy 102 attend a one-hour weekly discussion. The laboratories and discussions include planetarium demonstrations and observations with telescopes mounted on Angell Hall (weather permitting). (MacAlpine)

222. General Astronomy: Astrophysics and the Universe. Astronomy 221 and Math 115 or permission of instructor. No credit is granted to those who have completed 102, 112, or 130. (4). (NS).

This course deals with the astronomy and physics of objects beyond the solar system. (1) Stars: distances, properties, interior structure, and evolution. (2) Our galaxy: structure, dynamics, interstellar matter. (3) Galaxies: distribution and properties. (4) Cosmology: present ideas about the origin, evolution and structure of the Universe. Textbook: Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics, by Smith and Jacobs. Some outside reading will be assigned. Laboratory work will include observations with the telescopes in Angell Hall, experiments and discussions. There will be homework problems, three one-hour examinations, and a term paper. (Teske)

361. Astronomical Techniques. Astronomy 222 or permission of instructor. (4). (NS).

This course is intended primarily for students concentrating in astronomy, but other science and engineering students may elect it. It is an introduction to various techniques for obtaining and analyzing observational data. The areas covered are stellar trigonometric distance (parallax), stellar photographic spectrophotometry, and radiometric techniques. In addition, early in the course there will be a series of lectures on error theory and least squares, to provide expertise needed in the analysis of observational data. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period each week. Course work will also include homework, exercises and reading in original sources but there are no examinations. (Aller, Elste, and Sears)

422. Advanced General Astronomy. Astronomy 421 or permission of instructor. (3). (NS).

This course is an introduction to the physical universe beyond the solar system. The emphasis is on stars and stellar evolution, beginning with the gas and dust of the interstellar medium from which stars are formed, The topics of stellar atmospheres and abundances are followed by stellar structure and evolution with special attention devoted to the final stages of stellar evolution: x-ray stars, pulsars, and supernovae. The latter part of the course covers stellar systems, stars and galaxies, Hubble's Law, the red shift, and cosmological models. The level of difficulty will be similar to that of junior and senior courses in physics and chemistry. Text: Stars, Their Birth, Life, and Death, by I.S. Shklovskii, W.H. Freeman Co., 1978. (Cowley)

 


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