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ASTR 160: Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics (Spring, 2007) Syllabus Professor: Charles Bailyn, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University Description: This course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are advancing very rapidly: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Particular attention is paid to current projects that promise to improve our understanding significantly over the next few years. The course explores not just what is known, but what is currently not known, and how astronomers are going about trying to find out. Texts: See reading assignments for individual lectures. Requirements: There will be weekly problem sets that contain both quantitative problems and essay-type questions. Policies for lateness and collaboration on problem sets are described in the short essay, Problem Sets in Theory and Practice [text] . There will be two in-class tests, and a final exam. All of these exams will be open book, but electronic aids, including calculators, are not allowed.
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