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Introduction to Astronomy
INT ASTRONOMY
CLASS CODE: PH 227 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Introduction to modern planetary and stellar astronomy. Frequent use is made of the planetarium and observatory. Intended for Physics and secondary education majors.
DESCRIPTION: Introduces students to modern planetary and stellar astronomy. Includes naked eye observations, telescopes, stellar astronomy, including the life history of stars, galaxies, cosmology, and modern planetary astronomy.
TOPICS: Naked Eye observations
Telescopes
Light and spectra
Properties of stars
Stellar evolution
Galaxies and cosmology
The solar system, its members, and origin
OBJECTIVES: Be able to find the 20 brightest stars in the sky
Identify 25 constellations
Describe the observations made by the ancient astronomers without the aid of a telescope.
Describe observations made through modern telescopes that lead scientists to create theories of stellar evolution.
Describe observations that led scientists to the formation of the Big Bang theory.
Describe observation that led scientists to the modern theory of planet formation.
REQUIREMENTS:
PREREQUISITES: Physics 121
Concurrent Registration: none
Math Level: Extensive use of college algebra, trigonometry, and elementary calculus.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001