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Victoria S Meadows
ASTR 190
Seattle Campus

Modern Topics in Astronomy for Non-Science Majors

Topics of current interest, such as origin of chemical elements, novae and supernovae, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes, active galaxies, quasars, or interstellar medium and astrochemistry. Choice of topics depends on instructor and class interest. Prerequisite: either one 100- or one 200-level ASTR course.

Class description

Extrasolar planets are planets found around stars other than our Sun. This course will cover how we look for and find extrasolar planets, what we've learned about the extrasolar planets discovered to date, and how studies of extrasolar planets have changed our views of how planets and planetary systems form and evolve. This course will also focus on the science behind the planned searches for Earth-like planets and life beyond our Solar System.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Each class time will be broken into lecture time and learning activities. There is no textbook for this course. Instead, readings from popular science magazines and other sources will be posted on the course website.

Recommended preparation

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 Victoria S Meadows
Date: 03/17/2008