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AST107 - Astronomy
Catalog Description: A broad introduction to the history of astronomy; basic principles of physics; origin of solar systems along with planets, moons and other objects. Other topics are types of stars, galaxies, characteristics of planets, their moons, asteroids, comets and meteoroids. Telescopes are utilized to view the evening sky. Evening observations required.
Lecture: 2 hrs.
Lab: 2 hrs.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Construct an accurate diagram of the Solar System.
2. Define the electromagnetic spectrum.
3. Compare and contrast refracting and reflecting telescopes.
4. Identify key locations in the night sky.
5. Explain the causes of eclipses and lunar phases.
6. Apply the absolute and apparent magnitudes scale of a star to determine its distance.
7. Classify different types of stars using a temperature-luminosity diagram.
8. Describe the physical features of the Sun.
9. Explain the process by which the Sun generates its heat.
10. Explain current theories regarding the fate of the Universe.
11. Differentiate how the basic properties of the Earth compare to other worlds.
12. Identify and describe the evolution of stars including the sun, from birth to death.
13. Explain structure and characteristics of stars as they go through different stages of their life cycles.
14. Use a telescope to identify objects in the night sky.
Effective Term: Spring 2020