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006.004Evolution of the Universe

This course introduces the cosmos to students by surveying observational facts about the nature of the universe starting from the earth, the solar system, stars, nebulae, galaxies, to large-scale structure of the universe in time and space. The Big Bang theory is brought to attention to describe the origin and evolution of matter, radiation and how the universe evolved from a state of simplicity into its present complex state. The observed facts are put into a broader context of our search for an understanding of the universe and our place in it.

027.007 Man and the Universe

This course is offered to non-science majors. Explored in this course is the universe and its relationship to man from the viewpoint of ancient people to that of modern astronomers on space satellite. Relevance of astronomy in natural sciences, engineering, humanism, and art are emphasized.

028.005 Extraterrestrial planets and life

This course aims at understanding whether the chemical and biological evolutions on the Earth could be a universal phenomenon in the Galaxy. From astronomical point of view we will examine the evolution of cosmic matter up to heavy elements, which are essential ingredients for forming biological creatures. We then examine how modern techniques have enabled us to search exo-planets in the Galaxy. Particular emphasis will be paid on limitations of the current techniques and also the promises of the future searches. The formation of terrestrial planets is to be distinguished from that of the Jovian ones. Orbits of the exo-planets so far detected will be analyzed in the sense whether they could be examples of solar terrestrial planets. We will then briefly follow the evolutionary path the Earth went through over last 4.6 billion years. The chapters include: evolution of cosmic matter through nucleosynthesis; formation of stars from dark molecular clouds; dynamic evolution of self-gravitating, rotating disk; formation of terrestrial planets in the proto-solar nebula; formation of Jovian planets in the proto-solar nebula; discovery of exo-planets and exo-planetary systems; Goldilock's problem of the atmospheric evolution; chemical evolution in the Earth; biological evolution in the Earth; birth and growth of civilization; parameterization of human ignorance by Drake's equation; Gaia, and Ohn-SaengMyung; interstellar communication; terraformation of Mars; heavens and hells.

010.135 Astronomy

This course is intended for students to have a first look at the Universe. They will learn by themselves the basic principles for measuring properties of various cosmic objects through laboratory works. They will be also encouraged to study basic observational facts through references and internet sites. In class, professor will theoretically interpret the observations to reveal fundamental principles behind them. The chapters include Kepler and Newton, tidal interaction, atmosphere and internal structure of planets, basic properties of stars, interstellar matter and star formation, stellar structure and evolution, Milky Way galaxy, external galaxies, large-scale structure and evolution of the Universe.

010.335 Astronomy Lab.

Students may use planetarium, optical observatories and radio telescope in the campus to understand apparent motions of the solar system objects and to have first hand experience of doing observations. They will be encouraged to utilize various internet programs to learn the essence of data reduction procedures. Some may perform numerical simulations to generate theoretical data of their own interest. Students will spend a night at one of the national observing facilities and may witness how astronomers obtain data with large telescopes. In the following listed are the astronomical phenomena and data reduction methods that will be learned through lab activities.: apparent motion of solar system objects; eclipse observations of planets, Moon, or Sun; naked eye observations of the milky way galaxy; ; physical properties of stars; observations of sun spot and solar flare; galactic rotation and mass; expansion of young supernova remnant; classification of stellar spectra and Herzsprung-Russell diagram; expansion of the Universe and Hubble's relation. Special topics for the term project may include the Goldilock's problem, discovery of exo-planetary systems, supernova, nectron star, black hole, accretion disk, and cosmic microwave background.

300.215 Stars and Stellar Systems

This course is intended for students to explore astronomy prior to determining their majors. Basic properties of stars and stellar systems (binary stars, associations, and star clusters) are presented. Basic astrophysical concepts are introduced to understand the above systems. We also study the evolution of stars.

300.218 Galaxies and Universe

This is an introductory course on galaxies and the universe for students who are considering a major in astronomy. It covers from the structure and evolution of our galaxy to various issues on normal galaxies, active galactic nuclei including quasars, the large scale structure of the universe, the expansion and age of the universe, cosmic microwave background radiation and cosmology. Gravitational lenses and dark matter are also covered in the course.

3345.319 Astronomical Observation and Lab. 1

In this course, students will study astronomical optics, instruments, detectors, and the data reduction method for optical observation as well as the basic equations of spherical astronomy. They will also optically observe sunspots, stars, clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and variables.

3345.320 Astronomical Observation and Lab. 2

Through multi-wavelength observation we can explore various aspects of the universe. Students will first learn the operational principle of detectors and telescopes used for various wavelengths. Then students will learn the observational methods of optical spectroscopy and those at radio and other wavelengths. They are also expected to carry out observations using an optical telescope equipped with spectrograph, a radio telescope, and a solar telescope in campus and to learn how to reduce and analyze data for deriving physical parameters of given objects.

3345.321 Solar System Astronomy and Lab.

This course will examine the solar system as the only known planetary system. The observed properties of planets, satellites, asteroids, comets, Kuiper Belt objects, planetary rings, meteors, interplanetary dusts, and Oort's comet clouds will be surveyed first and interpreted in terms of their physics, chemistry, and dynamics. The observed properties of extra-solar system planets will be compared with those in our solar system. Finally, the history of the solar system will be traced back to its formative stage. In the laboratory, students will make numerical simulations for selected phenomena of solar system dynamics.

3345.322 Introduction to Astrophysics 1

This course will cover the basics of gas dynamics and radiation theory. In terms of gas dynamics, the basic equations, laminar flow, supersonic flow, hydrodynamic instability, and magnetohydrodynamics will be studied. In terms of the radiation theory, the basic concepts, interaction between radiation and matter, and the formation of spectral lines will be studied.

3345.419 Supervised Reading and Research on Astronomy

This is a research practice course on astronomy for undergraduate students. Any topic may be selected for astronomical research. It is expected to conduct research together with the supervisor and to obtain new astronomical results.

3345.420 Introduction to Astrophysics 2

In this course, students will be introduced to the gravitational evolution of stars and galaxies in the clusters of stars and galaxies, the basics of modern cosmology, the basics of general relativity and cosmological principles, and the concepts of homogeneous space, expansion of space, and space time.

3345.421 Introduction to Stellar Atmosphere

In this course, students will learn the basics of line and continuum processes in stellar atmospheres under local thermodynamic equilibrium and understand the physical concept of absorption and emission processes of the radiation field. They will also learn to derive basic stellar parameters such as temperature, pressure, and heavy element abundances by comparing the observed spectra with those from model atmospheres.

3345.454 Introduction to Modern Cosmology

Core topics of modern cosmology will be introduced. Students will study first the basic concepts needed for understanding the cosmology, and will learn about recent results of cosmology obtained through theoretical and observational approaches. Major topics include the structure and dynamics of the universe, the components of the universe, formation of the large scale structures, formation and evolution of galaxies, and the properties of cosmic microwave background radiation.

3345.455 Computational Astronomy

Numerical approach is popular in solving scientific problems. This course is offered to students who want to learn basic numerical methodology for the astronomical research. The course first introduces computer languages and programming technique in Unix/Linux environments. The techniques are used to treat differential equations, integrations, non-linear systems of equations, Monte Carlo methods, and Fourier analyses. They are applied to several astronomical problems like modelling of astronomical data, hydrodynamics, N-body simulations, and radiative transfer.

3345.456 Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation

Modern advance in astronomy has depended on the revolutionary astronomical instrumentation based on new concepts and new technology. The objective of this course is to provide undergraduate students with the basic knowledge of astronomical instrumentation and to give them a chance to have experience in it. The course briefly deals with basic concepts like astronomical seeing, adaptive optics, telescopes of different kinds, post-focus instruments, and detectors. Its main part is a project and related lectures that are specific to the expertise of the lecturer. By carrying out such a project students will acquire interest and knowledge.

3345.457 Space Environment

Near-earth space environment is getting more an more important for life of mankind as the electronic, communication, and space technologies progress. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the solar magnetic activity and its influence on the space environment. Specifically, the course covers the basic theories of plasma and magnetohydrodynamics, the observation and interpretation of solar magnetic activity, the interaction between the solar wind and the Earth's magnetosphere, the danger of magnetic storms and the effect of solar magnetic activity on the Earth‘s climate.

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