ASTR 1050 - Survey of Astronomy
This course provides an overview of the solar system, the structure and evolution of stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Studies also include basic celestial motions, a history of astronomy, telescopes, and the nature of light and gravity.
Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of ASTR 1050 Survey of Astronomy, the student will:
- Relate fundamental concepts of physics, to include Newton’s laws of motion, the Law of Universal Gravitation, the various radiation laws, spectroscopy, and the theories of special and general relativity, to problems in astronomy.
- Evaluate the methods used to measure the distances to celestial objects.
- Discriminate among the various telescope designs employed to observe celestial objects at radio, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma-ray wavelengths.
- Interpret the long term, annual, seasonal, and daily celestial motions of the stars, planets, sun, and moon.
- Identify the constellations, brightest stars, and planets that are visible during the semester.
- Critique the historical development of astronomer’s ideas regarding the structure of the universe and Earth’s place within this structure.
- Summarize the chemistry, atmospheric compositions and phenomena, internal structure, surface geology, and origins of the various objects of the solar system.
- Defend theories regarding the evolution of stars of various masses.
- Interpret a Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.
- Defend the theories regarding the structure and origin of the Milky Way galaxy.
- Discuss the possible origins of the various galactic structures.
- Discuss the evidence that supports the Big Bang Theory.
- State the most important astronomical questions which have yet to be answered.
General Education Requirement: Physical Science
Instructional Method Separate Lecture and Lab
Contact Hours: 5 hrs/week
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