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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Natural Sciences

Astronomy

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Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

AST | Astronomy

380E. Radiative Processes and Radiative Transfer. Classical and quantum radiative processes relevant to astrophysics; basic radiative transfer. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

381. Theoretical Astrophysics. Topics include stellar atmospheres, spectral line analysis, stellar structure, stellar evolution, stellar stability, cosmical electrodynamics, cosmical gas dynamics, interstellar matter and galactic nebulae, high-energy and nuclear astrophysics, atomic and diatomic spectroscopy. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

381C. Gravitational Dynamics. Orbital, collective, and tidal effects of astronomical objects, such as planets, stars, galaxies, and interstellar medium, under the influence of a gravitational field. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

381S. Seminar in Theoretical Astrophysics. Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

382C. Astrophysical Gas Dynamics. The basic principles of compressible gas dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics, developed and applied in an astrophysical context to a wide range of astronomical phenomena. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in astronomy or physics, or graduate standing and consent of instructor.

383. Stellar Astronomy. Topics include properties of stars, including double and multiple stars, clusters, stellar distances, luminosities, motions, variability, populations, and evolution; stellar spectroscopy, photometry, and spectrophotometry; fundamental astronomy and astrometry. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

383C. Stellar Atmospheres. Observational properties of stellar atmospheres; theoretical calculations of stellar atmospheres and stellar spectra. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

383D. Stellar Structure and Evolution. Theoretical calculations of the structure and evolution of stars. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

383L. Seminar in Planets and Life. Discussions concerning the solar system; the detection, formation, and evolution of planets; planetary atmospheres, climates, and meteorology; and various aspects of life in the universe. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

383T. Seminar in Stellar Astronomy. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

384T. Current Studies in Astronomy for Teachers. Lectures and laboratory work in astronomy for elementary and secondary school teachers of earth science, physical science, or astronomy. Three lecture hours and twelve laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

385. Conference Course. Three conference hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

185C. Conference on Modern Astronomy. A broad introduction to the research being conducted by the faculty and research staff in astronomy. One lecture hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

386. Extragalactic Astronomy. Topics include classification of galaxies, distance indicators, luminosities, dimensions, colors, spectra, polarization, radio emission, rotation, masses; formation and evolution; pairs, groups, clusters, superclusters, large-scale distribution, redshifts, cosmology. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

386C. Properties of Galaxies. Observational properties of galaxies and their interpretation; includes a discussion of the Milky Way galaxy. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

386S. Seminar in Extragalactic Astronomy. Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

389. Dynamical Astronomy. Topics include planetary and stellar motions, asymptotic representations of quasi integrals, galactic dynamics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

391. Graduate Research in Astronomy. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in astronomy and consent of instructor.

392D. Mathematical Methods of Astrophysics. Statistics, error theory, least squares and curve fitting, numerical methods, approximation theory, Fourier transforms, sampling theory, time-series analysis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

392E. Optical Techniques in Astronomy. Topics include photometry, spectroscopy, direct imaging, interferometry and polarimetry at ultraviolet, visual, and infrared wavelengths. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

392G. Observing Techniques in Astronomy. Survey of techniques used at the McDonald Observatory. Includes workshop at the observatory. Offered in the summer session only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

392J. Astronomical Instrumentation. A hands-on course in instrument development, including mechanical design and machining, electronics design, optical design and optics, computer interfacing, and project planning. Students use CAD programs in each area and design and build a computer-controlled instrument. Learning activities are carried out in groups and teams. One lecture hour and five laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

393F. Survey of the Interstellar Medium. A broad introduction to the processes and properties of the interstellar medium. Topics include H I regions, H II regions, molecular clouds, interstellar dust, and the distribution of the interstellar medium in our galaxy. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

393S. Seminar in Interstellar Matter. Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

396C. Elements of Cosmology. A theoretical discussion of the origin and evolution of the universe; includes a brief review of general relativity and modern particle physics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

697. Graduate Research Project. Two-semester graduate research project in astronomy. The equivalent of three hours of work a week for two semesters. Prerequisite: For 697A, graduate standing and consent of instructor; for 697B, Astronomy 697A.

698. Thesis. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in astronomy and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Astronomy 698A.

398R. Master's Report. Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in astronomy and consent of the graduate adviser.

398T. Supervised Teaching in Astronomy. Effective astronomy teaching: course design, instructional materials, test design, other methods. In-class practice teaching. Projects in astronomy education. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and current or previous appointment as a teaching assistant.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Astronomy 399R, 699R, or 999R.

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