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Classes I Teach

Astronomy Professor Andrew Fraknoi in his classroom on June13, 2017. Photo by Michelle Le

I taught introductory astronomy and physics classes and labs at Foothill College, San Francisco State University, and Cañada College for four decades, and retired from teaching undergraduates in summer 2017.  For many years, I also taught weekend programs on astronomy and Einstein at the various campuses of the University of California, through its extension division.

These days, I am teaching short, non-credit astronomy classes for retired adults at several universities in the San Francisco Bay Area.  These include such fun courses as “Aliens in Science and Fiction” and “The Violent Universe.”  Sometimes I branch out and teach classes on modern physics (without math), such as “Relativity for Poets” and “Quantum Mechanics for Beginners.”

One place I have been teaching these short courses is at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco  http://fromm.usfca.edu . For example, I first taught “From Mars to the Stars (and Galaxies,)” an overview of modern astronomy, at the Fromm.  Over 260 people signed up for the class, which was also videotaped for their FrommCast program.

Here is the syllabus: http://usf.usfca.edu/fromm//Fall2017Handouts/Fraknoi%20Syllabus.pdf 

The video recording of the 8-part course is available through their FrommCast catalog

I am also teaching short courses on astronomy and physics  courses at OLLI (the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at San Francisco State University: https://olli.sfsu.edu/.

The relativity class is described here: http://www.campusce.net/sfsu/course/course.aspx?C=383&pc=95&mc=&sc=

In addition, I still give a number of public talks on a variety of astronomical topics each year.

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