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AS151s    Stars, Stellar Systems, and Cosmology      An introductory survey of modern astronomy, covering the solar system, stars and stellar evolution, galaxies, and cosmology, for students of both science and non-science backgrounds. The physical processes at work in the universe and the methods we use to learn about the universe will be emphasized. The use of mathematics at the level of first-year algebra is required.     Three credit hours.  N.    SATO
[AS213]    Astronomy Since 1609      Listed as Science, Technology, and Society 213.     Four credit hours.  N.  
AS231f    Introduction to Astrophysics      A general introduction based on topics needed for astrophysical research, accessible to all who are comfortable with calculus and computer analysis of data. Theoretical topics include celestial mechanics, continuous and line spectra, stellar structure, and nucleosynthesis. Computer calculations are introduced using IDL. Observational topics include planning observations, acquisition of images with a CCD camera, image processing, CCD photometry, and stellar spectroscopy. A major goal is to write in the style of The Astrophysical Journal. Four observing labs are held on clear nights selected by the instructor, so students must be available Monday through Thursday evenings. Prerequisite:  It is helpful to have taken high school and/or college physics.     Four credit hours.  N,Lb.    CAMPBELL
AS491f, 492s    Independent Study          One to four credit hours.    FACULTY