Fall 2013 not offered
This course introduces the techniques of observational astronomy. The students will acquire a basic knowledge of the sky and become familiar with the use of Van Vleck Observatory's telescopes and instruments. Acquisition and analysis of astronomical data via modern techniques are stressed. Topics include celestial coordinates, time, telescopes and optics, astronomical imaging, and photometry. Some basic computer and statistical analysis skills are developed as well. The concepts discussed in lecture are illustrated through observing projects and computer exercises.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ASTR105 OR ASTR107 OR [E&ES151 or ASTR103] OR ASTR155
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ASTR)(SISP)
One textbook, several technical manuals.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two exams (midterm, final), weekly observing exercises or problem sets.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is one of two gateway courses for the Astronomy major (with ASTR155). ASTR155 is not a required prerequisite for ASTR211. However, some prior knowledge of basic astronomy is required, roughly at the level of descriptive non-majors courses such as ASTR107 (The Universe) or ASTR105 (Descriptive Astronomy). Computer use is a component of ASTR211, but no prior programming experience is assumed. Consult with the instructor if you are uncertain whether you have the necessary background.