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Astronomy 307 - Fall 2008
TTh 2:00-3:30 · WEL 3.502 · Unique No. 49540


Harriet Dinerstein

Office: RLM 16.324
Hours: M 1:30-2:30, W 10:30-11:30, or by appt
Phone: (512) 471-3449

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John Jardel

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Astronomy 307 is a one-semester introductory survey course on modern astronomy, for science and engineering majors. We will assume that you are comfortable with solving problems and using math as a tool to help you master the course material. If this statement does not accurately describe you, you should consider switching to Astronomy 301, the introductory course intended for non-science majors. There are several sections of Ast 301 offered each semester.

Astronomy is a very broad subject to cover in a single semester, so we will move through the material at a rather rapid pace. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive overview of the Universe from our Solar System to the largest scales. It's possible that we may not be able to cover your favorite topic in sufficient depth to fully satisfy your curiosity; in that case, you may wish to take one of the Astronomy Department's several follow-up courses on a variety of topics (Ast 309 series), in a future semester.

TEXTBOOK: We will use the 8th edition of the textbook "Universe" by Roger Freedman and William Kaufmann. It employs a bit more math than most other introductory texts, but also provides you with guidance and hints for approaching numerical problems, including worked examples. You are strongly encouraged to buy this (latest) edition of the book, since older editions may not contain all the same material and problems. (If you do buy an earlier edition, make sure that it isn't an abridged version; these will be missing one of the major units.) The text is also available as an eBook, either with the paper book, or purchased separately at a lower price. The auxiliary CD "Starry Night" is mainly included for fun and for help in visualizing the material in the first unit, on the night sky. Other resources that are available on the book's website, include animations, interactive figures, practice problems & quizzes, and so on.

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25 August 2008
Astronomy Program · The University of Texas at Austin · Austin, Texas 78712
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