Ay20: Basic Astronomy and the Galaxy

  • Topics

    The electromagnetic spectrum

    Observing techniques

    Astrophysical optics

    Kepler's laws, exoplanets

    Stellar masses, distances, and motions

    Basic radiative transfer

    Birth, structure, evolution, and death of stars

    Structure and dynamics of the Galaxy

  • Assignments

    Seven problem sets, worth 30% of final grade

    Class project, worth 20% of final grade

    In-person midterm, worth 17% of final grade

    Written, closed-book final exam, worth 33% of final grade