8.282 Introduction to Astronomy


Class Info

Quantitative introduction to physics of the solar system, stars, interstellar medium, the galaxy, and universe, as determined from a variety of astronomical observations and models. Topics: planets, planet formation; stars, the Sun, "normal" stars, star formation; stellar evolution, supernovae, compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), plusars, binary x-ray sources; star clusters, globular and open clusters; interstellar medium, gas, dust, magnetic fields, cosmic rays; distance ladder; galaxies, normal and active galaxies, jets; gravitational lensing; large scaling structure; Newtonian cosmology, dynamical expansion and thermal history of the universe; cosmic microwave background radiation; big bang nucleosynthesis. No prior knowledge of astronomy necessary. Not usable as a restricted elective by Physics majors.

This class has 8.01 as a prerequisite.

8.282 will be offered this semester (Spring 2018). It is instructed by A. Frebel.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 4-231.

This class counts for a total of 9 credits.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Introduction to Astronomy site or on the 8.282 Stellar site.

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