AST 358 "Galaxies and the Universe"

Prof. Gregory A. Shields

Spring 2011


  • Welcome to AST 358. This is an upper division course aimed at Astronomy majors but suitable for qualified science and engineering majors. AST 358 is NOT suitable for nonscience majors; the appropriate course is AST 309. Topics include the Milky Way, external galaxies, and the Big Bang. Physics 316 (E&M) is required; AST 352K or AST 307 are recommended. The class meets at 2 - 3:15 TTh in RLM 15.216B.
  • Announcements and assignments will be made available on Blackboard.
  • OFFICE HOURS (Spring 2011): Prof. Shields, RLM 15.224, to be announced (Phone 471-1402;; TA to be announced
  • HELP SESSION: To be announced
  • HOMEWORK RULES: Show your work, don't give just a numerical answer. Partial credit will be given when appropriate. You are encouraged to discuss homework with classmates but you must write up your own homework paper independently.
  • STAR PARTIES: RLM Hall--Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. (8:00 during daylight time) at the 16-inch telescope on the roof of RLM above the 17th floor. Painter Hall--UT students, faculty and staff night Fridays approximately from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. General public viewing Saturdays from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. (except when there is an evening football game -- no parking!) Check Astronomy Department website for exact hours, which vary during the year depending on the time of sunset.
  • Painter Hall Observatory Painter Hall is on 24th street just north of the Tower. Take the elevator to the top floor, then follow the signs to the Observatory.


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    Last updated January 3, 2011
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