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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions A Astronomy ASTR
Astronomy ASTR

Instruction offered by members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science.

Note: For listings of related courses, see Astrophysics, Physics, Medical Physics, and Space Physics.

Junior Courses
Astronomy 207       Introduction to Astronomy I - The Solar System
A comprehensive, descriptive overview of the solar system covering how ideas have changed from ancient times to today. The latest discoveries. The electromagnetic spectrum; telescopes and detectors; laws of planetary motion; planets, asteroids, comets, and the Sun. Formation of the solar system. Extra-solar planets and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Possible field trip to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Astronomy 207 and any of  205, 213 or Astrophysics 213 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Not recommended for physical science majors.
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Astronomy 209       Introduction to Astronomy II - The Cosmos
A comprehensive, descriptive overview of the universe outside the solar system. The electromagnetic spectrum; stellar spectra; distance determinations. Origin and evolution of stars; white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. The interstellar medium. Dark matter. Galaxies and quasars. The Big Bang. The fate of the universe. Possible field trip to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Astronomy 209 and any of 205, 213 or Astrophysics 213 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Not recommended for physical science majors.
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