ASTR 3005: Introduction to Astronomy
This course is intended to provide a general introduction to astronomy at a phenomenological level. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of algebra. It covers a wide variety of topics, including: A historical introduction and modern astronomy. The sky and coordinates systems. Instrumentation in astronomy, the nature of light, detectors. The Solar System. Stars, clusters and binary systems. The insterstellar medium. The evolution stars. Galaxies. Cosmology. At the level of "Astronomy: the evolving universe" by M. Zeilik.
3 credit hours.
Three hours of lecture per week, and a four-hour laboratory (observations) per month.