ASTR 102: Introduction to Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology

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This is the second of a two-course sequence in which we will explore the following topics: the Sun; stellar observables; star birth, evolution, and death; novae and supernovae; white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes; Einstein’s theory of relativity; the Milky Way galaxy; normal galaxies, active galaxies, and quasars; dark matter and dark energy; cosmology; and the early universe.

Prerequisite: ASTR 101

Required Text:

  • The course is based on Chaisson and McMillan, Astronomy Today with Mastering Astronomy, 7th edition (2010), ISBN 978-0321696236; however, the 6th edition of the text is very similar to the 7th edition, so students may purchase a used copy of the 6th edition if they prefer.

Additional Requirement:

  • WebAssign, a homework management system, is needed for this course. Students must purchase a WebAssign access code on the WebAssign site when class begins.

View a sample course syllabus.

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