Oliver J. Fraser
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.
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
No prereqs are required, just a curiosity for the universe!
Class assignments and grading