Jul 05, 2022
ASTR& 100 - Survey of Astronomy5 Credits
Introductory course with emphasis on the astronomical concepts fundamental to present understanding of the universe. Topics include the solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology.
Pre-requisite(s) MATH 081
Placement Eligibility Math 091 or higher
Course Note Previously P SCI 120.
Quarters Typically Offered
Designed to Serve General education students requiring distribution credits in natural science.
Active Date 2011-08-15
Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 30
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Field Studies 0 Clinical 0 Independent Studies 0
Total Contact Hours 55
* History of astronomy (Kepler, Galileo, Newton)
* The cosmic perspective (scale and motions)
* Light and telescopes
* The solar system and its evolution
* Classification of stars (HR diagram, star clusters)
* Stellar evolution (fusion, red giants, supernovas, white dwarfs)
* Life in the Universe (extrasolar planets, SETI, Drake equation)
* Cosmology (Big Bang, cosmic background radiation)
Student Learning Outcomes
Understand the course-specific content of astronomy.
Understand the questions and methods of research used by astronomers.
Communicate scientific ideas effectively (written/oral/electronic media).
Understand, interpret and assess the value of publicly presented astronomy issues.
Research topics relevant to course content (library/internet/interview).
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