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Spring 2016-2017
* AST 204 (STN)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in Modern Astronomy

Eve C. Ostriker

This course provides a broad overview of modern astronomy and astrophysics for students in the sciences. Emphasis is on the application of basic physics to understanding of astronomical systems. Topics include the Solar System; planetary systems and exoplanets; the birth, life, and death of stars; white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes; the Milky Way and distant galaxies; cosmology, dark matter and dark energy, and the history of the Universe.

Sample reading list:
Ryden,B., Peterson, B., Foundations of Astrophysics

Reading/Writing assignments:
Problem sets and approximately 40 pages of reading each week.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 5%
Problem set(s) - 35%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PHY 103 or 105 and MAT 103 or 104 or permission of instructor.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40368 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm M W   Peyton Hall   145   Enrolled:25 Limit:70