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ASTR& 100 Survey of Astronomy • 5 Cr.




Offers a general survey of astronomy, including the moon, planets, solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Non-mathematical approach. Classes meet in the planetarium. Either ASTR& 100 (prev ASTR 101) or ASTR& 101 (prev ASTR 105) may be taken for credit, not both.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify 20 of the brightest stars/constellations in the planetarium sky.
  • Compare and contrast the historical contributions of Aristotle, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein to the development of astronomy.
  • Identify in the planetarium sky the following “celestial sphere” imaginary lines and points: zenith, celestial pole, celestial equator, altitude, azimuth, right ascension and declination.
  • Demonstrate with models, the special arrangement of the sun, moon, and earth to explain lunar phases, and both solar and lunar eclipses
  • Compare and contrast Newton’s view of gravity with Einstein’s
  • Explain the basic makeup of the Bohr model of the atom.
  • Explain the basic function of telescopes and classify telescopes in terms of refractor versus reflector.
  • Name the several characteristics unique to each planet in the solar system.
  • Compare and contrast the four theories for the origin of Earth’s moon.
  • Describe the formation of the solar system.
  • Relate the various ways stars can die to the star’s mass.
  • Explain the relationship between the interior layers of the sun in relation to the creation/transfer of energy.
  • Explain the process by which astronomers measure stars’ mass, temperature, size, distance, chemical makeup, and speeds.
  • Compare and contrast Terrestrial versus Jovian planets.
  • Describe the origin and nature of white dwarf stars, neutron stars, and black holes.
  • Compare and contrast asteroids and comets as members of the solar system.
  • Identify the relationships between moons, planets, stars, the solar system, the Milky Way, galaxies, and the Universe.
  • Describe the Hubble law and relate its significance to the understanding of the Universe.
  • Explain the evidence for the Big bang.
  • Compare and contrast the open, closed, and flat Universe theories, and explain the current state of evidence for these theories.
  • Explain the problems with te search for extra-terrestrial intelligence and the current status of this search.



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