Solar Systems in the Milky Way|
Spring 2014 not offered
Our Earth is one of several planets in our solar system, and thanks to an exciting two decades of research, we now know our solar system is only one of many in the Milky Way galaxy. This course will focus on the Milky Way as a unit, discussing the galactic life cycle wherein the interstellar medium (ISM) of gas and dust is transformed into stars and planets and back again. The course will also cover the evolution and death of stars, the detection and characterization of planets around other stars, basic physics concepts that are important for astronomy such as light and gravity, and the scientific and observational methods and techniques used by astronomers.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, & Voit, THE COSMIC PERSPECTIVE, 6th Edition
|Examination and Assignments: |
There will be two mid-term examinations and a final exam (part covering the last third of the course, part comprehensive). There will be several (approximately 10) homework assignments. Short in-class assignments and class participation will be a graded component. There will also be a write-up required for attendance at one night observing session, and a semester-long group project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance for at least one evening (post-sunset) observing session will be required. Several observing session times will be offered throughout the course of the semester. Students with evening conflicts should contact the instructor early during the course in order to ensure the ability to attend one of these sessions or work out an alternative.