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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Modern Astronomy

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Modern Astronomy

    Details

    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Astronomy, STEM, Physics
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Overview

    Learn about Summer 2022 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review.

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    This three-week program will build a ground-up understanding of observational astronomy, exploring the basis of human extraterrestrial observation and the art of turning astronomy into a science.

    We'll use the foundations of astrophysics to explain the implications of modern observations, supplementing data with observations we will learn to take during the class. We will develop a physically motivated framework with which to understand observations by undertaking a survey of the lifetimes of different unique objects in the universe, from stars to galaxies to the universe itself.

    We will explore real astronomical data through python* based computer labs. Through these labs, we will turn raw data into beautiful astronomical images and use this data to analyze the ages, distances, and masses of stars.

    *No python programming experience is necessary to apply.

    Schedule: Online Live Sessions every Monday through Friday, 10:00am - 12:15pm, and 2:00 - 4:00pm (EDT). Mornings are lecture & discussion, afternoons are lab time.

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    Online courses will be delivered through live meetings and will include offline assignment and projects. Courses meet synchronously 3 - 5 times per week primarily using Zoom, but may use other communication tools. Courses will be managed through UMass Amherst's Moodle or Blackboard platforms. 

    Cost and Session Information

    Dates: July 11 - July 29, 2022
    Three-Week Online Intensives: $1,798

    *Program fees listed above include tuition and registration; materials and software may be required.
    *All programs require submission of $35 application fee.