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Astronomy 301 - Spring 2003
Introduction to Astronomy
Unique No. 45890 · MWF 9:00 - 10:00 · WEL 3.502
Unique No. 45895 · MWF 10:00 - 11:00 · WEL 3.502


Edward L. Robinson
Office: RLM 17.318
Phone: (512) 471-3401

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Course Description

AST 301 is an introductory course in astronomy for non-science majors. It gives a broad introduction to all astronomy:
  • The solar system - planets, moons, asteroids, and comets.
  • Stars and stellar evolution - star birth and the formation of planets, and star death, including neutron stars, black holes, and supernovae.
  • Galaxies - normal and not-so-normal galaxies, quasars and supermassive black holes.
  • Cosmology - the expansion of the universe, its origin in the Big Bang, and its future.
No previous course in astronomy is required. The course emphasizes the physical processes at work in the universe and the methods we use to learn about the universe. The course often requires mathematics at the level of first-year algebra.If you are uncomfortable with this level of mathematics, you should consider switching to a different section of AST 301. There will be observing projects but no true laboratory exercises in the course.

Required Textbook

The Universe Revealed by Impey & Hartmann

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