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Astronomy

Students who wish to become professional astronomers should consult Mr. Stinebring of the Physics Department to arrange a program of courses (within the framework of a physics major) that will permit admission to graduate study in astronomy.

Courses for a general audience. College and Conservatory students whose primary interests may not lie in the natural sciences but who wish to have a first-hand acquaintance with the techniques and results of astronomy should consider ASTR 100.

100. Introductory Astronomy 3 hours
3NS, QPh
A course designed primarily for students with little scientific background. We will study the solar system (briefly), stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Emphasis will be placed on the scientific discovery process and how we know what we know. We will also cover sky basics such as seasons, moon phases, eclipses, constellations, etc., using in-class presentations, the Taylor Planetarium, and the observatory. There will be required participation in 6 planetarium sessions (half an hour per biweekly session) and 3 observatory sessions during the semester. Enrollment Limit: 120.

Sem 1 ASTR-100-01 MWF 3:30-4:20 Mr. Stinebring

Courses with physics prerequisites.
152. Dark Matter and the Fate of the Universe 2 hours

2NS
Identical to PHYS 152.
Sem 2 ASTR-152-01 TuTh 9:35-10:50 Mr. Stinebring MODULE 1

252. Astrophysics: Stellar Structure 2 hours
2NS, QPf
Identical to PHYS 252.

Next offered 2002-2003.

254. Astrophysics: Cosmology 2 hours
2NS, QPf
Identical to PHYS 254.

Sem 2 ASTR-254-01 TuTh 9:35-10:50 Mr. Stinebring MODULE 2

451. Special Problems in Astronomy 1-5 hours
1-5NS
Advanced individual work for students with appropriate backgrounds. Consent of instructor required. Projects sponsored by Mr. Stinebring.

995. Private Reading 1-3 hours
1-3NS
Consent of instructor required. Projects sponsored by Mr. Stinebring.

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