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Faculty of Arts and SciencesAstronomyPhilip Sadler
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2017-2018  (show academic calendar)Tu   Tuesday 11:30 a.m. - 1:29 p.m.; Tuesday 7:00 p.m. - 9:59 p.m.Observatory A 101 (FAS)
Observatory D PA2 Aud (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level

Never be lost again! Find your way on sea, land, or air by employing celestial and terrestrial techniques. Acquire expertise in using navigators' tools (sextant, compass, and charts) while learning the steps to the celestial dance of the sun, moon, stars, and planets. This 108-year-old course continues to rely on practical skills and collaborative problem-solving, while utilizing historical artifacts (instruments, maps, captains' logs) and student-built devices. Culminating in a day-long cruise to practice navigation skills.

Class meets during lunch each Tuesday in the Classroom and again just after dinner the same day in Phillips Auditorium. This course meets the General Education requirement in Science. Minimal lecturing; predominantly practical activities with individual attention from teaching staff. Math beyond high school trigonometry and geometry unnecessary. This course is offered each year. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Science of the Physical Universe or Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning, but not both.

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.