Astronomy OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Introduction to Astronomy Course

Published Jan 28, 2009

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Examine the physics of astronomical phenomena in 'Introduction to Astronomy,' a free online course offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This OpenCourseWare will cover the essentials of astronomy and will provide a host of study materials, homework and sample tests to reinforce students' knowledge of key topics. The aspiring Physics major will find useful information from this undergraduate online course.

Introduction to Astronomy: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Astronomy: Course Description

Planets, stars and galaxies and the study of their physical characteristics provides a wealth of insight for those studying physics or astronomy. This OpenCourseWare takes a physics-oriented approach to astronomy by exploring numerous topics, such as planet and star formation, supernovae, black holes and gravitational lensing. Students will also explore Newtonian cosmology and investigate historical aspects of the universe. This OpenCourseWare's homework assignments will challenge students' skills in mathematics and physics to understand various formulas and methods used in astronomy. Professor Saul Rappaport teaches this course using lecture notes and practice quizzes. Recommended prerequisites for this OpenCourseWare include 'Physics I' and 'Single Variable Calculus.'

Lecture notes, homework and quizzes are available online for free download. Students interested in this undergraduate OpenCourseWare should visit the Astronomy course home page.

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