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Paula Szkody
ASTR 322
Seattle Campus

The Contents of Our Galaxy

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

Astro 300 knowledge and basic physics.

Class assignments and grading

Internet lookups. problems, plots, presentations.

Homework and exams.


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.
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Last Update by Paula Szkody
Date: 12/18/2009