Astronomy Undergraduate Courses • Summer 2017


Selected Topics in Astronomy - Astro 9

Selected Topics in Astronomy

Astro 9

Summer 6W2

CCN: 10978

Instructor: Steven Beckwith

This seminar will explore one of a variety of subjects in greater depth than in introductory courses. Possible topics include stars, galaxies, the solar system, the interstellar medium, relativity and cosmology, history of astronomy, observational astronomy, and life in the universe. To Register: http://classes.berkeley.edu/content/2017-summer-astron-9-001-lec-001

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Introduction to General Astronomy - Astro 10

Introduction to General Astronomy

Astro 10

Summer 6W1

CCN: 10979

Instructor: Gaspard Duchene

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. To Register: http://classes.berkeley.edu/content/2017-summer-astron-10-001-lec-001

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Introduction to General Astronomy - Astro 10

Introduction to General Astronomy

Astro 10

Summer 6W2

CCN: 10980

Instructor: Bryan Mendez

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. To Register: http://classes.berkeley.edu/content/2017-summer-astron-10-002-lec-002

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Selected Topics in Astronomy - Python Programming - Astro 9

Selected Topics in Astronomy - Python Programming

Astro 9

Summer 6W2

CCN: 15935

Instructor: Nicholas Kern

This class is an introduction to scientific programming in Astronomy with the Python programming language. We will cover the basics of Python programming and then apply it to numerical modeling of astrophysical objects and scientific analysis of astronomical data sets. To Register: http://classes.berkeley.edu/content/2017-summer-astron-9-001-lec-002

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Selected Topics in Astronomy - Relativity of Space & Time in Popular Science - Astro 9

Selected Topics in Astronomy - Relativity of Space & Time in Popular Science

Astro 9

Summer 6W2

CCN: 15936

Instructor: Richard Anantua

This course is primarily designed as an introductory survey course for undergraduate students-- not necessarily physics or astronomy majors-- with some background in classical mechanics and electromagnetism, to a pillar of modern physics: relativity. Popular science will be used to motivate and reinforce quantitative concepts by means of often vivid and engaging illustrations, often with a hint of social commentary. Some understanding of undergraduate-level concepts in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, differential equations and linear algebra is assumed. To …

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Selected Topics in Astronomy - Extraterrestrial Life - Astro 9

Selected Topics in Astronomy - Extraterrestrial Life

Astro 9

Summer 6W2

CCN: 15959

Instructor: Moshe Elitzur

This is a seminar on Extraterrestrial Life - Is Earth home to the only living organisms in the Universe or should we expect life elsewhere? And if Extraterrestrial Intelligent (ETI) civilizations do exist, could we expect to make contact with them? All the notes presented in class will become available on the course web site. Because of copyright considerations, the course material is protected. Access will be announced in class. Beyond just a simple presentation of facts and ideas, the aim of this course is to show that science is actually the study of what we do not know, rather than the solution of problems that we already understand. …

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