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Oliver J. Fraser
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

In our lifetimes the number of known planets has exploded from just the solar system to (literally) hundreds of systems and types of planets we never thought existed. This could will introduce the characteristics of planets in the galaxy, and how we detect and characterize them. Note, in spite of the class description, there is NO PREREQUISITE.

Student learning goals

Describe different approaches to detecting extra-solar planets.

Characterize those planets based on our detections.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prereqs are required, just a curiosity for the universe!

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: 08/20/2012