Dec 10, 2023
ASTR 101 - Introductory Astronomy
A basic introduction to astronomy that emphasizes appreciation of the Earth’s relationship to the universe. The basic laws of physics as they apply to astronomy are covered, along with telescopes and data collection and analysis techniques utilized by astronomers. Also covered are the evolution of stars, the solar system, galaxies, and the origin and evolution of the universe. Laboratory sessions, both computer- based and other, give practical application to material covered in lectures. Two nighttime observing sessions are also included. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , MATH 050 Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory, one hour discussion each week. Formerly AS 101.
4 semester hours
May not be taken concurrently withMATH 017 or MATH 020 or MATH 045 without appropriate Math assessment score.
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Explain the importance of Kepler’s laws of motion and then solve simple problems dealing with planetary motion.
- Explain the spectroscopy and how it is used in the study of the universe.
- Explain how a telescope works and how to use one to observe various objects in the sky.
- Describe the various bodies that are found in the solar system.
- Describe the composition, method of energy production, origin, and evolution of the Sun.
- Classify the stars using its spectra.
- Describe the origin of the stars, interstellar medium, and the life cycle of the various categories of stars.
- Determine the lifetime of different stars.
- Explain the structure and composition of the Milky Way Galaxy.
- Explain and apply Hubble’s method of classifying different galaxies.
- Explain the “Big Bang” theory and calculate the age of the universe.
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