This course is designed to provide an introduction to astronomy concepts. It will cover major astronomical concepts, explore tools and techniques used by astronomers, discuss modern and historical astronomy, and provide students with a greater perspective about the universe around them. Students will be expected to complete assigned readings and participate in class discussions.
Clicking on any of these topics will take you to the class notes for that unit. Also, some units have files associated with them - look for a link at the very bottom of each topic page to get the attached files.
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The course syllabus has been attached below. Please note that the weekly topic outline is a general guideline for the course of study. The actual class may move ahead or behind this schedule based on the needs of the students. Also, it is understood that classes evolve as new information is added - no two classes are exactly the same. Thus, the weekly syllabus should never be considered "cast in stone"!