ASTR 102: Introduction to Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology

Currently Offered:
Summer 2019 (11 weeks: May 15–July 30)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This is the second of a two-course sequence in which we will explore the following topics: the Sun; stellar observables; star birth, evolution, and death; novae and supernovae; white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes; Einstein’s theory of relativity; the Milky Way galaxy; normal galaxies, active galaxies, and quasars; dark matter and dark energy; cosmology; and the early universe.

Required Texts/Materials

  • The course is based on Chaisson and McMillan, Astronomy Today, 7th edition (2010), ISBN 978-0321691439; however, the 6th edition of the text is very similar to the 7th edition, so students may purchase a used copy of the 6th edition if they prefer.

You can find information on how to purchase the 7th edition of the textbook on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Optional Material

  • Mastering Astronomy Access Code, ISBN 978-0321705983

Additional Requirement

  • WebAssign, a homework management system, is needed for this course. Students must purchase a WebAssign access code on the WebAssign site when class begins.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Dan Reichart, PhD
  • Department: Physics and Astronomy
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite(s): ASTR 101
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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