ASTR 101: Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar System

Currently Offered:
Fall Semester 2017 (August 22–December 15)
Summer 2017 (11 weeks: May 17–Aug 1)

This is an introductory course in which we will explore the following topics: celestial motions of the Earth, Sun, Moon, and planets; the nature of light; ground- and space-based telescopes; comparative planetology; the Earth and the Moon; terrestrial and gas planets and their moons; dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets; planetary system formation; extrasolar planets; and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). For more information, see Project Intro Astro.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Chaisson and McMillan, Astronomy Today, 8th edition (2013), ISBN 978-0321901675, with WebAssign (ISBN 978-1928550778)

    • This course requires you to purchase a WebAssign access code for submission of homework and exams. Even if you already have a WebAssign account, you will need to purchase an access code for this course.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Additional Requirements

  • high-speed Internet connection

Course Details

  • Instructor: Daniel Reichart, PhD
  • Department: Physics and Astronomy
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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