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Winter Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Astronomy


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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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ASTRO 101. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System.

Section 001.

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 ASTRO 111, 115, 130, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit.

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

ASTRO 101 students attend the same lectures as ASTRO 111 students.

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ASTRO 102. Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mario L Mateo (mmateo@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 112, 130, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit.

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

ASTRO 102 students attend the same lectures as ASTRO 112 students (see course description below). Instead of laboratory sections, ASTRO 102 incorporates weekly one-hour discussions and associated exercises, which is considered along with examinations and quizzes for course grades.

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ASTRO 102. Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe.

Section 007.

Instructor(s): Hugh D Aller (haller@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 112, 130, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit.

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

ASTRO 102 and 112 students attend the same lectures. Instead of laboratory sections, ASTRO 102 incorporates weekly one-hour discussions and associated exercises which are considered along with examinations and quizzes for course grades.

This course is an introduction to a large part of modern Astronomy: stars and their structure and evolution; galaxies; cosmology. It is essentially non-mathematical, although values for lengths and times, masses, luminosities, etc. will be widely used, and a simple equation will be presented from time to time. The course will not cover the history of Astronomy, or our Solar System (Earth, Moon, planets, comets, etc.); those topics are dealt with in the course "Introduction to the Solar System," which may be taken in the Fall, Winter, or Spring terms.

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ASTRO 111. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System.

Section 001.

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 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.

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. ASTRO 111 has a two-hour laboratory section every week. ASTRO 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 001.

Instructor(s): Mario L Mateo (mmateo@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: 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).

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

Section 006.

Instructor(s): Hugh D Aller (haller@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: 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 without 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).

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ASTRO 122. The Origin of the Elements and the History of Matter.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles R Cowley (cowley@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Our study of the history of matter in the Universe will take us from the beginnings of time to the present, and from the smallest elementary particles to massive stars and galaxies. This seminar will focus on the creation and evolution of the elements, which originated in the Big Bang and are still being made today in the centers of stars and in the explosive deaths of the most massive stars. The course will begin with a survey of the astronomical universe, from our planet Earth out to the farthest quasars and beyond. From there we will begin our study of the beginning of the matter in the Universe as we know it, following the evolution of the elements as we return to the present day, and investigating how we can determine the chemical composition of matter in space. Grading will be based on written assignments, quizzes, and class participation.

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ASTRO 127. Naked Eye Astronomy.

Section 001, 003 MEETS JAN 7 TO FEB 20.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The purpose of this course is to examine and understand the observational phenomena that everyone has observed and become familiar with. Students will learn about the nature of the most common astronomical objects that can be observed by eye, such as the sun, moon, planets, and the stars. Students will come to understand astronomical phenomena such as the motion of these objects in the sky and their implications: seasons, phases of the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, and the perplexing motions of the planets. Another important topic is the changing stellar sky, including the identification of the brighter stars and constellations during the different seasons. Transient objects such as comets and meteors will be discussed, and a meteorite shower will be observed. The course will conclude with a discussion of ancient observatories and the historical efforts by humanity to measure important astronomical phenomena. A planetarium will be one of the primary teaching facilities, but students will make their own observations and also work with computer programs, such as "The Sky." There will be homework assignments and a final.

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ASTRO 127. Naked Eye Astronomy.

Section 002, 004 MEETS MAR 4 TO APR 17.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The purpose of this course is to examine and understand the observational phenomena that everyone has observed and become familiar with. Students will learn about the nature of the most common astronomical objects that can be observed by eye, such as the sun, moon, planets, and the stars. Students will come to understand astronomical phenomena such as the motion of these objects in the sky and their implications: seasons, phases of the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, and the perplexing motions of the planets. Another important topic is the changing stellar sky, including the identification of the brighter stars and constellations during the different seasons. Transient objects such as comets and meteors will be discussed, and a meteorite shower will be observed. The course will conclude with a discussion of ancient observatories and the historical efforts by humanity to measure important astronomical phenomena. A planetarium will be one of the primary teaching facilities, but students will make their own observations and also work with computer programs, such as "The Sky." There will be homework assignments and a final.

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ASTRO 160. Introduction to Astrophysics.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: MATH 115, and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 140 or 160. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 102, 112, or 130. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit.

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Some of the most exciting phenomena and concepts in astronomy and astrophysics are explored in this survey course. One major theme is the structure and evolution of stars from their birth in giant molecular clouds through their death as white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. Another important theme is galaxies, with discussions about the missing or dark matter in galaxies, galaxy-galaxy interactions, and the large-scale distribution of galaxies in the Universe. We conclude with an examination of the Big Bang, the Inflationary Universe, and the Cosmic Background radiation. This course is directed toward students with an interest in science and mathematics. There are problem sets and a weekly two-hour laboratory using telescopes.

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ASTRO 361. Astronomical Techniques.

Instructor(s): Richard L Sears (sears@umich.edu) , Patrick O Seitzer , John D Monnier (jmonnier@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ASTRO 160. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is intended primarily for students concentrating in Astronomy, but other science and engineering students may elect it as well. It is an introduction to various techniques for obtaining and analyzing observational data. The areas covered are stellar trigonometric distance (parallax), imaging and photometry with electronic detectors, radiometric techniques, and interferometry.

In addition, to provide expertise needed in the analysis of observational data, there will be a series of lectures on error theory and least squares. Students will use optical telescopes and instrumentation at the Radio Observatory near Dexter to make observations. 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.

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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.

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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ASTRO 401. Solar System Astrophysics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles R Cowley (cowley@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 140 (or 160) and MATH 116, and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 240 (or 260). (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

30% of the course will be based on independent reading of William K. Hartman's Moons and Planets (second edition). The remaining 70% of the course will be based on material presented in the lectures. This is divided into three parts. Part I deals with the mechanics of the solar system, and covers topics such as the two-body problem, N-body relations, the virial theorem, potential about an oblate spheroid, equations of rigid-body motion, etc. Part II treats geochemistry and cosmochemistry with special reference to the solar system. Included topics are fundamental principles of thermodynamics and chemical reactions, meteorites, geochemical classification of the elements, models of the solar nebula, condensation sequences from the solar nebula and the composition of planets. Part III deals with planetary structure, and emphasizes comparative planetology of the moon and terrestrial planets. Weekly problem sets are assigned, some of which require running programs on the Astronomy LAN or PCs. While students are not required to write their own programs, a knowledge of one or more high-level languages (FORTRAN, C, Pascal) will be useful. The level of difficulty will be similar to that of junior and senior courses in physics and chemistry.

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ASTRO 404. Galaxies and the Universe.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rachel Sue Somerville (rsomer@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: MATH 216, and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 340. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The topic of this course is the study of galaxies, the building blocks of the Universe. Because galaxies tie together physics from stellar to cosmological scales, they are excellent laboratories in which to develop a "big picture" view of astronomy. This course will spend approximately equal amounts of time on theory and observation, and will endeavor to present a broad and up-to-date view of the field. By the end of the course, you will be able to start reading journal articles and attending seminars and have a pretty good idea of what people are talking about. You should also be prepared to start doing original research.

This class is designed for science concentrators interested in a fairly serious introduction to the subject, and for upper-level Astronomy concentrators. You will need to have taken an introductory level Astronomy course (like ASTRO 160 or 112), calculus and basic differential equations (MATH 115, 116, and 216 or the equivalent), and general physics (the equivalent of PHYSICS 140/141, 240/241, and 340/341). ASTRO 402 (Stellar Astrophysics) is extremely useful background, but is not required.

Course requirements: There will be weekly homework assignments which will comprise 50% of your grade. There will also be weekly reading assignments. In addition, every student will do a final project which will comprise 25% of the grade. There will be a written report and a short (10-15 minute) presentation on the project. At the end of the course, there will be a take-home final exam which will comprise 25% of the grade. Several homework assignments and most final projects will be computer based, and will require basic knowledge of plotting software like IDL or Supermongo, and possibly some programming in fortran, c, or c++. Developing these skills will be one of the goals of this class.

Textbooks:

  • Primary texts (in bookstore):
    An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, by Carroll & Ostlie
    Galaxies in the Universe, by Sparke & Gallagher
  • Optional text (in bookstore):
    Galaxy Formation, by M. Longair
  • Other supplementary texts (graduate level)
    Structure Formation in the Universe, by T. Padmanabhan
    Cosmological Physics, by J. Peacock
    Galactic Astronomy, by Binney & Merrifield

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