Astronomy 101, Radio Astronomy, (Fall, 2008) will be an undergraduate seminar focusing on radio astronomy and its impact on other areas of astronomy and astrophysics. Specific topics to be discussed include such things as: the detection of astronomical signals using radio antennas and arrays, radio observations of interstellar molecules, the radio Sun and other active stars, radio and infrared observations of star-forming regions, high energy astrophysics, radio galaxies and quasars and recent complementary discoveries made with orbiting observatories. This course is intended for students who have completed or are taking Astronomy 21, 22, 111 or 112. Course requirements include weekly reading assignments and discussion (1 - 1.5 hours) as well as a take-home final exam. Students are also encouraged, but not required, to take Astronomy 112 (New Frontiers in Astrophysics) in the Spring semester. This course, which normally follows Astronomy 111 in alternate years, involves an in-depth study of a specific topic discussed in Astronomy 101. The time of the class will be arranged, depending on students' schedules.
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Professor: Robert F. Willson (636-6607)
Office: Robinson 352, Dept of Physics and AstronomyArnold 607 - Dept. of Anatomy and Cellular Biology Tufts University School of Medicine Links to Radio Astronomy Sites