Introduction to astronomy. Basic properties of stars, stellar systems, interstellar dust and gas, and the structure of our galaxy. Prerequisite: PHYS 224 which may be taken concurrently; recommended: PHYS 225 which may be taken concurrently. Offered: W.
Basic properties of stars, clusters, interstellar gas and dust. Overview of stellar evolution and variable stars. Basic structure of the Milky Way.
Student learning goals
How to locate correct astronomical information.
Understand basic astronomical terminology.
Know how data on stars are obtained and what info it contains.
Differentiate evolution scenarios based on stellar mass.
General method of instruction
Lectures, homework, student presentations.
Astro 300 knowledge and basic physics.
Class assignments and grading
Internet lookups. problems, plots, presentations.
Homework and exams.