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 deals 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 each week. 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.
Astronomy 101 students attend the same lectures as Astronomy 111 students. For course description, see Astronomy 111.001. (Elste)

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

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

Astronomy 102 students attend the same lectures as Astronomy 112 students (see course description below). Instead of laboratory sections, Astronomy 102 also incorporates weekly one-hour discussions and associated homework, which is considered along with examinations and quizzes for course grades. (Section 001 MacAlpine, Section 007 Aller)

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

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, the sun as a star, earth, moon and the other planets and satellites, asteroids, comets, meteors, the origin of the solar system and life. Astronomy 111 has laboratory sections, Astronomy 101 has discussion sections. Course requirements include homework, observations with telescopes. A planetarium visit will be arranged. (Elste)

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, with a basic high school math background, who wish to learn about the phenomena and properties of the Universe beyond our solar system. Astronomy 101 and 111 are not pre-requisites. Lectures will inventory the different types of stars out there and examine how red giants, white dwarfs, black holes, supernovae, and people all fit together in a grand, remarkable scheme. The larger picture includes our Milky Way system, less hospitable exploding galaxies, and mysterious quasars. The present state of knowledge or speculation regarding the origin, ultimate fate, and space-time characteristics of our Universe will also receive special attention. It all ends somewhere, but where...and why? Textbook: Universe by Kaufman. The course grades are to be derived from midterm and final examinations, scheduled quizzes over reading assignments, and laboratory exercises. Laboratory sections, which meet for two evening hours each week, will include planetarium demonstrations and observations with telescopes mounted on Angell Hall. (Section 001 MacAlpine; Section 006 Aller)

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: Exploration of the Universe (4th ed.) by G. Abell. Some outside reading will be assigned. Laboratory work will include observations with the telescopes on Angell Hall, experiments, and discussions. There will be homework problems, two midterm examinations, a final examination, and a required 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), spectrophotometry (photoelectric and photographic), radiometric techniques, and interferometry. 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, Sears)

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

This course is an introduction to the study of the Universe beyond the Solar System. Emphasis will be placed on topics selected from the following: The structure and evolution of stars; creation of the chemical elements; X-ray stars, pulsars and black holes; the dynamics of galaxies and clusters of galaxies; radio galaxies and quasars; and cosmology. The primary means of evaluation will be exams. The difficulty is comparable to junior or senior courses in physics and chemistry. Text: The Physical Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy by F.H. Shu (University Science Books, Mill Valley, California, l982). (Richstone)


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