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PHS 107 - Introductory Astronomy

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is a descriptive introduction to astronomy, the scientific study of the contents of the entire Universe.  Students learn the physical processes that govern the nature and the behavior of various objects in space, as well as the methods astronomers use to understand them.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Apply scientific inquiry to the study of astronomy.
  2. Explain phenomena that can be observed in daytime and in the night sky.
  3. List the fundamental properties of objects in the solar system, stars and galaxies.
  4. Apply the basic principles and laws of physics to the Universe and its contents.
  5. Explain methods used by scientists to gather information and data in astronomy.
Listed Topics
  1. The Celestial Sphere and the Night Sky
  2. Kepler’s Planetary Laws, Newton’s Laws of Motion and Gravity
  3. The Nature of Light and Telescopes
  4. Our Moon
  5. The Solar System: the Planets and their Moons, Asteroids, Comets and Dwarf Planets
  6. Our Sun
  7. The Formation, Evolution and Death of Stars
  8. The Milky Way and Other Galaxies
  9. Cosmology
  10. Other Solar Systems and Extra-terrestrial life
Reference Materials
Textbook, Internet
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/11/2019
Last Reviewed: 10/11/2019

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