Kathryn Hadley's On line astronomy courses.

Astrophysics

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Physics 205 - Solar System Astronomy

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This course focuses on our solar system and solar systems in general. We will cover topics including solar system formation and evolution, terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars and Earth, and Jovian planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. We will also discuss other members of the solar system such as comets and asteroids. We will pay special attention to the discovery and understanding of extra solar planets.

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Physics 206 - Stars and Stellar Evolution

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This course focuses on the formation, and evolution of sun-like stars and more massive stars. We will begin by studying light and how it gives us information regarding stars. We then look at our closest star, the sun, in detail. We will explore stars in general with special consideration given to the processes of star formation and evolution. We will finish by discussing the end-state of sun-like stars, and for more massive stars, the supernova.

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Physics 207 - Galaxies, Quasars and Cosmology

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This course begins by examining our own galaxy, the Milky Way. We then look at galaxies in general, discerning between different kinds of galaxies and discussing their formation and evolution, and the role that dark matter plays. We go on to consider the universe as a whole. We will look at the current state of the mapping of the universe and its large scale structure. We will then look at its creation and evolution, and finish by considering extrasolar life.

Physics

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Physics 212

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In this course, we cover selected topics in Newtonian mechanics, including circular motion and rotational dynamics in general, with emphasis on conservation of angular momentum and problem-solving techniques. We then study oscillations, including simple harmonic motion and driven and damped oscillations. We apply these concepts to 2-D and 3-D waves, including applications in sound and light, interference, and wave optics. We discuss ray optics before ending the course with a treatment of Newtonian gravity.

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Physics 102

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In this course, we will cover several topics. We begin by studying heat and how heat energy is transfered. We will discuss the phases of matter: solid, liquid and gas, and finish our study of this section by learning about thermodynamics. Next, we will study waves. In particular, we will look at sound waves, with special emphasis on musical sound. Finally, we will study electromagnetic theory and electric currents. We will investigate the relationship between electricity and magnetism and how electric circuits work.