ASTRON 17 - Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy or return to Course Catalog Search
125884 – Section 001
|Faculty of Arts and Sciences||Astronomy||Xingang Chen|
|Term||Day and Time||Location|
|Fall 2017-2018 (show academic calendar)||MW 2:30 p.m. - 3:59 p.m.||Science Ctr 309 (FAS)|
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Credit in Faculty of Arts and Sciences is equivalent to:
This course provides an introduction to the physical principles describing galaxies and the composition and evolution of the Universe. Topics include the interstellar medium; star clusters; the structure and dynamics of the Milky Way; other galaxies; clusters of galaxies; active galaxies and quasars; cosmology; and the early universe. This course includes an observational component: In addition to observing galaxies with the Science Center Clay Telescope, students will use the millimeter-wavelength telescope at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to measure the rotation velocity of the Milky Way galaxy and to determine its mass.
Prerequisite: An introductory course in mechanics, which may be taken concurrently, satisfied by Physics 15a, Physics16, or Physical Sciences 12a.REQ; Astronomy 17
This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Science of the Physical Universe. This course is offered each year.
|Eligible for cross-registration|
With permission of instructor/subject to availability
MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.