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ASTRON 231 - Practical Optics for Astronomers or return to Course Catalog Search

109577 – Section 001   

Faculty of Arts and SciencesAstronomyAndrew Szentgyorgyi
TermDay and Time
Spring 2016-2017  (show academic calendar)MW   10:00 a.m. - 11:29 a.m.
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level

The primary goal of this course is to familiarize consumers of astronomical data with the fundamental physical principles that underlie the instruments that they use to gather data, as well as provide insight into the engineering constraints that bound the capabilities of available instruments. Topics will include first order optical design principles, the design of telescopes, cameras and spectrographs, as well as basic optical engineering principles and computer aided design.

Recommended: A solid grasp of 1st and 2nd year undergraduate physics and fluency in the application of differential and integral calculus to physical problems.

This course offered in alternate years.

Exam Group

Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.