Amherst College Astronomy for 2013-14
111 Introduction to Modern Astronomy
A course reserved exclusively for students not well-versed in the physical sciences. The properties of the astronomical universe and the methods by which astronomers investigate it are discussed. Topics include the nature and properties of stars, our Galaxy, external galaxies, cosmology, the origin and character of the solar system, and black holes. Two 80 sessions per week.
Limited to 50 students. No student who has taken any upper-level math or science course and received a grade of B or higher in either high school or college, will be admitted. Spring semester. Professor TBA.2013-14: Offered in Spring 2014
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013
473, 474 Reading Course
Students electing this course will be required to do extensive reading in the areas of astronomy and space science. Two term papers will be prepared during the year on topics acceptable to the Department.
Open to Seniors. Omitted 2012-13.2013-14: Not offered
490 Special Topics
Independent Reading Course.
Fall and spring semesters. The Department.2013-14: Offered in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013
498, 499 Senior Departmental Honors
Opportunities for theoretical and observational work on the frontiers of science are available in cosmology, cosmogony, radio astronomy, planetary atmospheres, relativistic astrophysics, laboratory astrophysics, gravitational theory, infrared balloon astronomy, stellar astrophysics, spectroscopy, and exobiology. Facilities include the Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory, the Laboratory for Infrared Astrophysics, balloon astronomy equipment (16-inch telescope, cryogenic detectors), and modern 24- and 16-inch Cassegrain reflectors. An Honors candidate must submit an acceptable thesis and pass an oral examination. The oral examination will consider the subject matter of the thesis and other areas of astronomy specifically discussed in Astronomy courses.
Open to seniors. Required of Honors students. Fall semester. The Department.2013-14: Offered in Fall 2013
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012