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The history of astronomy, physical properties of motion, heat and light, the solar system and its planets and the sun will be covered. A knowledge of basic algebra is required. ESC 101L Laboratory required. A suitable score on the math placement exam is required. Fall (L09)
COMPLETELY ONLINE. Asynchronous ONLINE. Required ONLINE LAB for Solar System section EL1. Lab Fee: $15; Math Placement Ccal 54/Maplesoft 31.
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Astronomy deals with the study of the cosmos as observed in the night sky. This entails the detailed examination of the various classes of celestial objects: galaxies, stars, quasars, and black holes. Their physical properties and celestial motions are studied. Stellar lifecycles are presented from birth to death. The current theories of galaxy lifecycles are also studied to learn how and why the models of the cosmos change with each new set of observations. Cosmology deals with the origins and development of our universe. Particle physics is also included. NASA video, Online NASA lecture series and computer on-line Smartwork homework is used as well. Prerequisites:Arithmetic and basic Algebra are required/Trigonometry is introduced as needed along with Scientific Notation. Math placement score 54+ mandatory. Internet access for Online homework, quizzes, and labs. (L09)
Astronomy is an observational science. All of the information taught to introductory astronomy students has been obtained by analyzing carefully taken data. Moreover, it is a numerical science. Qualitative observations can be used to develop a concept, but unless there are corresponding quantitative data which can be compared to theory then the description is lacking in precision and runs the risk of being in error. Therefore, astrophysical software is used to allow the student to simulate the taking of data, and its analysis. The computer will present the students with selected views of the night sky in which they can collect their own unique data and analyze it to draw conclusions. The weekly assigned astronomy investigationis interactive and requires the student to carefully collect and manipulate data to obtain results and form conclusions. All lab write ups are due by the following week they are performed. Prerequisites: Arithmetic and basic Algebra are required. Trigonometry is introduced as needed along with scientific notation. Math placement score of 54+. (L09)
Required ONLINE LAB for Stars, Galaxies, & Universe EL1. Lab Fee: $15; Math Placement CALG 54 / Maplesoft 31.
Study of the physical features of the earth. Includes study and description of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; geologic time; earthquakes; rivers; oceans; plate tectonics. Lab includes hands-on examination of minerals and rocks; map and geologic processes interpretation. Field trip(s) possible. Two and a half hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Lab Fee. Fall, Spring (L09)
T Lecture; R Lab included; Lab Fee: $75. Textbook is mandatory. Mandatory Field Trips.