Astronomy Undergraduate Courses • Summer 2015


Arrow of Time

Astronomy 9

CCN: 16305

Instructor: Bryan Mendez

TuWTh 1030-1230P, 131A CAMPBELL

Students will explore the development of complexity in the universe on scales as small as subatomic particles to scales as large as the entire universe. The emphasis will be on how the development of complex structures determines the direction of time in a way not seen in basic physical laws that are time symmetric. Topics may include the creation of everything from the expansion of the universe, the synthesis of elements from the detritus of the Big Bang, their collection into planets, and the subsequent development of complex life. Emphasis will be on our understanding of some but not all of these phenomena in the context of modern …

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Introduction to General Astronomy

Astronomy 10

CCN: 16310

Instructor: Aaron Lee (Astronomy)

MTuWTh 1-3P, 155 KROEBER

 A description of modern astronomy with emphasis on the structure and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Additional topics optionally discussed include quasars, pulsars, black holes, and extraterrestrial communication, etc. Individual instructor's synopses available from the department.

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Introduction to General Astronomy

Astronomy 10

CCN: 16325

Instructor: Ryan Trainor (Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley)

MTuWTh 130-330P, 126 BARROWS

 A description of modern astronomy with emphasis on the structure and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Additional topics optionally discussed include quasars, pulsars, black holes, and extraterrestrial communication, etc. Individual instructor's synopses available from the department.

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The Planets

Astronomy C12

CCN: 16338

Instructor: Gaspard Duchene

MWTh 1-3P, 131A CAMPBELL

A tour of the mysteries and inner workings of our solar system. What are planets made of? Why do they orbit the sun the way they do? How do planets form, and what are they made of? Why do some bizarre moons have oceans, volcanoes, and ice floes? What makes the Earth hospitable for life? Is the Earth a common type of planet or some cosmic quirk? This course will introduce basic physics, chemistry, and math to understand planets, moons, rings, comets, asteroids, atmospheres, and oceans. Understanding other worlds will help us save our own planet and help us understand our place in the universe. 

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The Planets

Astronomy W12

CCN: 16340

Instructor: Burkhard Militzer

UNSCHED INTERNET

A tour of the mysteries and inner workings of our solar system. What are planets made of? Why do they orbit the sun the way they do? How do planets form, and what are they made of? Why do some bizarre moons have oceans, volcanoes, and ice floes? What makes the Earth hospitable for life? Is the Earth a common type of planet or some cosmic quirk? This course will introduce basic physics, chemistry, and math to understand planets, moons, rings, comets, asteroids, atmospheres, and oceans. Understanding other worlds will help us save our own planet and help us understand our place in the universe. 

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