ASTRO 1195

ASTRO 1195

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

Provides a "hands-on" introduction to observational astronomy intended for liberal arts students at the freshman and sophomore level. High school mathematics is assumed, but otherwise there are no formal prerequisites. The course objective is to teach how we know what we know about the universe. The course is set up with two lectures and one evening laboratory per week. Not all of the evening sessions are used. Planned exercises include five or six observational labs (star gazing with binoculars and small telescopes, telescopic observations and CCD imaging of star clusters, nebulae, and the planets, solar observations, radio observations of the Milky Way Galaxy), plus a selection of exercises from the following: experiments in navigating by the stars; construction and use of simple instruments such as optical spectroscopes and sun dials; laboratory spectroscopy; experiments in planetary cratering; collection and study of micrometeorites; analyses of planetary and lunar images obtained by the class, measuring the diameter of Earth or the size of the solar system.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: 24 students.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory.

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8248 ASTRO 1195   LEC 001

  •  8249 ASTRO 1195   LAB 401