Observational Astronomy

PREREQUISITE: MAP-UA 202 OR ABOVE, PHYS-UA7 OR ABOVE, OR PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR FOR NON-SCIENCE MAJORS AND MINORS; NO PREREQUISITE REQUIED FOR SCIENCE MAJORS AND MINORS OR THOSE AUTOMATICALLY SATISFYING NSI REQUIREMENTS.

Prerequisite: The Universe: Its Nature and History (PHYS-UA 7) or higher, or permission of the instructor for non-science majors and minors; no prerequisite for science majors and minors or those who have satisfied the Core Physical Science requirement.

Introduction to the theory and practice of technical amateur astronomy. The approach is hands-on, with weekly evening laboratory/observing sessions. Topics include astronomical coordinate systems, optics, how to use a telescope, and the phenomena that can be seen in the urban night sky. Observing sessions involve the use of eight-inch telescopes.

Course Information

PHYS-UA 13

Undergraduate

4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

1
Michael Blanton
M: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM WAVE 370
1
Nityasri Mandyam Doddamane
W: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; M: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM MEYR 221