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A student must take both AY 101 and AY 102 in order to use either of these courses to satisfy part of the N requirement of the University Core Curriculum. The lecture/laboratory courses AY 101:102 and AY 203:204 may be used to satisfy the N requirement.
AY 101 Introduction to Astronomy. 3 hours.
History of astronomy, the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe; recent discoveries about pulsars, black holes, and quasars will be discussed. NOTE: If the student plans to apply AY 101 toward satisfaction of the N requirement of the University Core Curriculum, AY 102 must also be taken.
Observation of the sun, moon, and daytime astronomical activity. Indoor exercises include stellar spectra, H-R diagram, celestial sphere, and astronomical photographic analysis. NOTE: If the student plans to apply AY 102 toward satisfaction of the N requirement of the University Core Curriculum, AY 101 must also be taken.
Students learn to observe and photograph planets, stars, and galaxies using several kinds of telescopes. On cloudy nights, astronomical photographs and material obtained at other observatories are studied. One lecture and one laboratory. NOTE: If the student plans to apply AY 203 toward satisfaction of the N requirement of the University Core Curriculum, AY 204 must also be taken.
Discussion of orbital mechanics and of the interior structure, surface features, atmosphere, and origin of the sun, planets, and solar system.
Study of the evolution of stars, relativity and black holes, the structure of galaxies, and the formation and evolution of the universe.
Review of the two-body problem, Kepler’s equation, planetary orbits, gravitational potential, perturbations, and motions of rockets; discussion of the three-body and n-body problems. Star cluster and galaxy dynamics.
Introduction to astrophysical processes in stellar atmospheres, stellar structure, stellar evolution, galactic structure, the interstellar medium, active galaxies, and quasars.
AY 433 Astronomical Techniques. 3 hours.
Survey of current experimental problems in astronomy and the methods used in solving them. Techniques discussed include photography, photometry, and spectroscopy.
AY 491 Independent Study I. 1 to 3 hours.
AY 492 Independent Study II. 1 to 3 hours.