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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.

DESCRIPTION: Introduction to modern planetary and stellar astronomy. Frequent use is made of the planetarium and observatory. Intended for Physics and secondary education majors.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: This is a required class for applied physics majors and for secondary education majors specializing in science. It is designed to give a more in-depth approach to modern astronomy and to develop the use of mathematics in studying the solar system, and the stellar systems. Students will learn the necessary astronomical vocabulary and mathematical techniques and theories to enable them to teach and analyze astronomical data.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Know and use the language of astronomy as it applies to the solar system and stellar systems. 2.Know the current theories relating to the formation of stars and planetary systems and the current ideas regarding stellar evolution and cosmology.
3.Apply mathematics and physic’s skills to enable them to better understand the concepts taught in this course.
4.Be able to use data (self collected) or from published sources and analyze it to reach viable scientific conclusions.
5.Use astronomical computer programs to test past observations and future observations to verify astronomical events.

REQUIREMENTS: Lecture, multimedia presentations, class discussions, classroom demonstrations, written examinations, derivation of equations, homework assignments, computer demonstrations of astronomical programs.
PREREQUISITES: Physics 121
Math Level: Extensive use of college algebra, trigonometry, and elementary calculus.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001