ASTR 202 - Introduction to Modern Astronomy
A basic course elaborating on topics briefly covered in ASTR 101 including black holes, pulsars, planetary structure, galactic structure, radio and x-ray astronomy. A major portion of the course is devoted to observing and observational techniques. Laboratory sessions cover such topics as the use of computer-controlled telescopes for visual and electronic observation, planning observations, CCD imaging and image processing techniques. Numerous nighttime observing sessions will be conducted. PREREQUISITE(S): ASTR 101 or consent of course instructor. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Formerly AS 102.
4 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Differentiate the various types of variable stars and explain the importance of these stars in research.
- Explain the basic concept of special relativity and its application to astronomy and cosmology.
- Explain different cosmological models.
- Describe the methods used in searching for the extra-solar planets.
- Explain what planetary missions are currently being undertaken by the various national space agencies, what they are designed to investigate, and what results have been obtained to date.
- Operate computer-controlled telescopes, including their set-up, and use them to locate various celestial objects.
- Operate CCD imagers, including taking the images, processing the images, and analyzing the images scientifically.
- Explain the basic concept of general relativity and its applications to astronomy and cosmology.
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