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Faculty of Arts and SciencesAstronomyKarin Oberg
TermDay and TimeLocation
Spring 2017-2018  (show academic calendar)TuTh   2:30 p.m. - 3:59 p.m.Science Ctr 309 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level

This course provides an introduction to the physical principles describing the formation and evolution of stars and their planetary companions. Topics include thermal radiation and stellar spectra; telescopes; energy generation in stars; stellar evolution; orbital dynamics; the Solar system; and exoplanets. This course includes an observational component: students will determine the distance to the Sun, and use the Clay Telescope atop the Science Center to study stellar evolution and detect exoplanets.

Prerequisite: Physics 15a, Physics 16, or Physical Sciences 12a. May be taken concurrently.

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.

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.