Astronomy 1: Introductory Astronomy
Prof. David Cohen
Spring 2010: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Science Center 128
sec. 1 - 9:55 to 11:10
sec. 2 - 11:20 to 12:35
This site dates from the last time Astro 1 was offered; it will be offered again in Spring 2011.
Here is a description of each of the above images.
Astro 1 is an introductory astronomy course that assumes no particular prior knowledge of astronomy. High school algebra is the only prerequisite; basic physics is taught as needed. There are six nighttime labs throughout the semester. Students will have the opportunity to make telescopic observations.
We cover the following topics: motions of the sky, the historical development of astronomy (and physics), basic mechanics and energy, the formation of the solar system and planetary science, stars, galaxies, the expansion of the universe. We will also spend a week studying the recent detections of extrasolar planets - planets orbiting other stars.
Our textbook is Bennett et al.'s The Cosmic Perspective (5th edition).
The class Blackboard page contains a lot of information, much of it accessible to visitors.
Astronomy picture of the day (this should be the start-up page on your browser)
This page is maintained by David
dcohen1 -at- swarthmore -dot- edu
Last modified: June 10, 2010