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Astronomy (ASTR)

Astronomy (ASTR)
Faculty of Arts and Science


Astronomy 2020

Modern Astronomy
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-6
Following an introduction to gravitation and light, this course explores the nature of stars and galaxies and their evolution. Material studied: the sun, the birth and death of stars, neutron stars, black holes, the Milky Way, galaxies and cosmology. As part of this course each student will visit the University Observatory on two evenings during the semester.
Note: Other hours include two evening observing sessions per semester.

Astronomy 2070

The Solar System
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-6
The foundation of astronomy, including descriptions of such naked-eye observations as eclipses and planetary motions and such basic tools as Kepler's laws, the fundamental properties of light. Material studied: the formation of the solar system, physical structure of planets, evolution of planetary atmospheres, Galilean satellites.
Note: Other hours include two evening observing sessions per semester.

Astronomy 3020

Introduction to Cosmology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-6
Recent developments in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology such as the current understanding of black holes, dark matter, dark energy, expansion of the universe, Big Bang Theory, inflation, structure within the universe, and the cosmological constant.
Note: Other hours include two evening observing sessions per semester.