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Faculty of Arts and SciencesAstronomyXingang Chen
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2017-2018  (show academic calendar)MW   2:30 p.m. - 3:59 p.m.Science Ctr 309 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
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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.

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

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

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