ASTR 1301 – Planetary Astronomy

(3 credits – TG) 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab

This course covers basic concepts of astronomy, with emphasis on our solar system. Topics include Newton’s laws and gravitation, the Sun, the terrestrial and Jovian planets, comets, asteroids, the formation of the solar system, and extra-solar planets. This course stresses scientific explanation and uses mathematics, the language of science, whenever possible.

Prerequisites: Mathematics 30 (Pure or Applied) and Physics 30 or equivalent. This course is recommended for science majors.

Note: Only one of Astronomy 1101 and 1301 can be used for graduation purposes.

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