Physics 1303 - Stars and Galaxies

Physics 1303 - Stars and Galaxies Course Syllabus
First Day Handout for Fall 2019 (modified 8/21)
Daily log for Fall 2019
Schedule for Fall 2019
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This course is based on the study of stars, galaxies, and the universe outside of our solar system. Mastery of this course will give the student a good understanding of how our universe is structured and its progression. Cross-listed as ASTR 1303.
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able: to describe the basic properties of stars: distance, spectral class, motion, magnitude, composition, and parallax; to discuss the classification scheme of stars as to spectral classes; to explain the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and how it relates to stellar evolution; to explain the stages of stellar evolution as the birth, life, and death of any size star; to explain the interstellar medium and how it relates to atoms, molecules, dust, and nebulae; to identify the classification scheme for binary stars, the importance of binary stars to astronomy, and the origin and evolution of binary systems; to describe the various types of natural star groupings in our galaxy and how they evolved; and, to describe the structure of our galaxy (both historical and modern) and the galactic coordinate system.