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ASTR263 — Fall 2021

ASTR263: Descriptive Astronomy: The Solar System

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Sem. 1 Class, 2 lab. 2, cr. 3


Not available to students with credit in ASTR 363.

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A descriptive course in astronomy intended for non-physics majors. Topics include: description of the sky; motion of the sun and the moon; solar and lunar eclipses; the seasons and the calendar; the Sun and the planetary system; comets, meteoroids, and asteroids; life in the Solar System. Includes required observing sessions.




Textbook(s) for Fall 2021

Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Modified Mastering Astronomy New Design with eText for the Cosmic Perspective Required Order from Pearson directly the Mastering link in your course for $59.99. Bennett: Cosmic Perspective 9e Modified Mastering Astronomy with Pearson eText-instant access (6 months). You will need either a debit/credit or Paypal account.
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