2015 Spring Term
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INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY (GL)
An examination of concepts regarding the organization of the universe. The solar system, astronomical principles and instruments, stellar evolution and galaxies are among topics covered. Activities include field trips, observations of the night sky and of the sun with telescopes, and laboratory work. Four one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory/observation period per week. There are two required evening observation sessions during the semester.
DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY (GM)
A non-laboratory course that introduces the basic aspects of astronomy, including cultural and historical considerations. The study of galaxies, stars, as well as our solar system is included. Observational activities may be included as integral parts of the course. Three one-hour lectures per week for the regular semester.