ASTR 201 Selected Topics in Advanced Astronomy • 6 Cr.
Utilizes hands-on laboratory exercises to address selected topics in advanced astronomy. Topics include the use of telescopes and the methods astronomers use to gather data, the solar system, the evolution of stars, relativity and quantum physics, galaxies and cosmology. Nighttime telescope observing will take place weather permitting. Prerequisite: ASTR& 100 (prev ASTR 101) or ASTR& 101 (prev ASTR 105).
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Identify telescopes by type, size, etc., relate optical properties of a telescope, locate and center visible objects, and identify and properly use telescope peripherals and accessories.
- Identify accepted steps and proper methodology in scientific inquiry, including organizing and synthesizing evidence, and use this methodology to reach insightful conclusions in lab exercises.
- Describe and explain at least 40 naked-eye objects and phenomena commonly observable in our sky.
- Identify and explain the relationships between stars’ properties, as well as the historic and modern methods used to ascertain those properties.
- Spring 2016 (current quarter)