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Astronomy 301 - Spring 2003
Introduction to Astronomy
Unique No. 45900 · MWF 12-1 · WEL 3.502


John Lacy
Office: RLM 16.332-4
Phone: (512) 471-1469

Review Session:
TH 5-6, RLM 15.216B


Mukremin Kilic
Office: RLM 17.304
Hours: TH 1-4
Phone: (512) 471-1495

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Seeds, Horizons


No prior college science or math courses are required. We will use high-school algebra in class and on homework.


The emphasis in this course will be on explanations for the phenomena and objects that occur in the Universe and how astronomers learn about them. This is a course for non-science majors, and no knowledge of physics is assumed, but we will discuss physical laws and how astronomers use them to explain their observations.

In-class interactive learning activities will be an important part of this course. Consequently, attendance and participation is required. You are also required to finish each week's reading assignment before class on Monday, so that you are prepared to participate in discussions. A weekly reading quiz and credit for assignments done during class will help encourage you to do the reading and particpate in class.


A homework assignment will be handed out each Friday, due the next Friday. Some assignments will involve simple observations of the sky. You are encouraged to work together on homework, but you must write out your own answers. Duplicate homeworks will not receive credit. Late homeworks will receive half credit.

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15 January 2003
Astronomy Program · The University of Texas at Austin · Austin, Texas 78712
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