ASTR 019. Introduction to Radio Astronomy


This is a one-semester calculus and physics-based introductory course on the fundamentals of theoretical and observational radio astronomy. The course will emphasize the application of data reduction and data analysis techniques from scratch. Students will gain expertise in the field by applying these methods to a combination of simulated and real data. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to, pulsars, the 21-cm HI line, the cosmic microwave background, dusty galaxies, and molecular observations of planetary nebulae. Absolutely no prior experience with observational astronomy, radio astronomy, or data reduction and analysis is necessary.
Prerequisite: ASTR 014  or ASTR 016   
Natural sciences and engineering.
1 credit.
Spring 2020. Rivera and Schmidt.
Catalog chapter: Physics and Astronomy   
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/physics-astronomy


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