ASTR 101: Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar System

This is an introductory course in which we will explore the following topics: celestial motions of the Earth, Sun, Moon, and planets; the nature of light; ground- and space-based telescopes; comparative planetology; the Earth and the Moon; terrestrial and gas planets and their moons; dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets; planetary system formation; extrasolar planets; and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). For more information, see Project Intro Astro.

Required Materials:

  • Chaisson and McMillan, Astronomy Today, 8th edition (2013), ISBN 978-0321901675, with WebAssign (ISBN 978-1928550778)
  • This course requires you to purchase a WebAssign access code for submission of homework and exams. Even if you already have a WebAssign account, you will need to purchase an access code for this course.
  • high-speed Internet connection.

View a sample course syllabus.

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