Descriptive Astronomy
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Physical Science requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Astronomy is the study of the heavens and the Earth as a planet. Introduces students to the wonders of the heavens. Students learn the vocabulary and concepts of modern astronomy, understand its fundamental observations and theories, and appreciate how scientists discover this information. Occasional use is made of the planetarium and observatory.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter, Summer
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Observing the stars, planets, sun and Moon,the history and philosophy of astronomy, modern deep space astronomy (stars, their life history, nebulae, galaxies)and planetary astronomy.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Know terminology use by astronomers to describe the properties of the stars and plants.
2.Learn fundamental theories that explain star properties, their life histories, origin and evolution of the universe and planetary system. 3.Have the ability to converse intellectually with others on astronomical topics an understand relevant articles from newspapers and magazines like Astronomy/Sky and Telescope.
4.Describe the methodology of modern science and relationship between observations and theory.
5.Examine how science, methods, axioms and philosophy have changed over the years.
6.Integrate several disciplines science, philosophy, religion, and history.
7.Describe fundamental differences in methodology between disciplines, emphasizing the strenghts and limitations of each.
8.Express their knowledge and ideas through written language.
9.Analyze both the scientific and philosophical consequences of scientific theories.
10.Judge how seriously these consequences affect their lives.
11.Cooperate with others in groups to present one of the major figures of the History of Science to their fellow class members.
12.Plan and design a number of oral and written communication instruments.
13.Work effectively together with others that have a wide range of intellectual backgrounds.
14.Teach other class members specific incidents in the history of science.
15. Read original scientific works and historians interpretations of them, developing the ability to evaluate and question scientific ideas.
16.Participate in the methodology by performing laboratory exercises.
17.Repeat some of the most important experiments of astronomy.
18.Determine the relationships between the physical and biological sciences, philosophy, history, and religion.
19.Discover the strengths and limitations of the scientific process and apply them to their own disciplines.
REQUIREMENTS: Present a multimedia presentation, classroom discussions, student presentations, objective exams, written reviews of Astronomy magazine articles, assesment of classroom presentations. Laboratory reports,