UNDERGRADUATE COURSES IN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS

8.282J-12.402J Introduction to Astronomy

Broad view of astronomy; physics based. Accessible to freshmen. Entry course for students interested in pursuing astronomy and astrophysics.

8.033 Relativity

The physics of Special Relativity; introduction to cosmology; and the Schwarzschild metric of General Relativity

8.286 The Early Universe

Introduction to modern cosmology; development of the universe starting with the Big Bang.

8.287J-12.410J Observational Techniques of Optical Astronomy

Practical methods of astronomical observations. Features a project at the Wallace Astrophysical Observatory

8.284 Modern Astrophysics

Junior-level course in the physics of astrophysics. Covers both galactic and extragalactic astrophysics

8.224 Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity and Astrophysics

Behavior of space-time in the vicinity of collapsed stars (black holes and neutron stars); introduction to the relativity of cosmology

12.002 Physics and Chemistry of the Terrestrial Planets

Structure, composition, and physical processes governing the terrestrial planets; includes their formation and basic orbital properties.

12.400 The Solar System

Introduction to the study of the solar system with emphasis on the latest spacecraft results.

12.409 Hands-On Astronomy: Observing Stars and Planets

Introduction to contemporary observational astronomy; astronomical computing, image and data processing, and how astronomers work.

12.411 Astronomy Field Camp

Individual research projects in observational astronomy involving supervised work at Lowell Observatory

12.420 Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System

Advanced applications of physical and chemical principles to the study of the solar system.

12.425 Extra-Solar Planets

Properties of planets in orbit around stars other than the sun.

  

Last revised June 20, 2007. If you have questions, contact jle@mit.edu.