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Oliver J. Fraser
ASTR 101
Seattle Campus


Introduction to the universe, with emphasis on conceptual, as contrasted with mathematical, comprehension. Modern theories, observations; ideas concerning nature, evolution of galaxies; quasars, stars, black holes, planets, solar system. Not open for credit to students who have taken ASTR 102 or ASTR 301; not open to upper-division students majoring in physical sciences or engineering. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Astro 101 B is an online course with different assignments and labs from the 101A, the in-person course. 101B is a group-start course that begins and ends in sync with the quarter and only meets for the exams. More information is available here:

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

My in-person course's use lecture time to teach the majority of material. Lectures include participatory elements, but section time is used for labs, questions, and more interactive material. My online course's assignments include writing prompts and computer-based labs.

Recommended preparation

Both my in-person and my online classes are intended for students who need support with scientific and mathematical concepts. I think any online class requires greater independence and time management skills; for my online class you will need to organize your time carefully to keep up and ask for help when you need it.

Class assignments and grading

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Oliver J. Fraser
Date: 03/26/2014