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Astronomy (ASTR 1100)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 3
Lab Credits: 1

Description: This survey course introduces general astronomy. Topics will include stargazing; the history of astronomy; the physics of light and atoms; planets, stars and groups of stars; and the origin and fate of the universe. You will directly observe the day and night sky, learn how to record and analyze data, and develop your quantitative reasoning. You will better understand your place in the universe and the significance of all matter. A basic background in math is helpful, but not required. This course includes two hours of required lab per week.

Topical Outline:
1. Observing the day and night sky
2. The process of science and a brief history of astronomy
3. Waves, Spectra, and the Doppler Effect
4. Our solar system
5. Birth, life, and death of stars
6. Content, size, origin, and fate of the universe

Learning Outcomes:
1. Relate astronomy to your life, society, and our universe
2. Describe various astronomical objects, phenomena, motions, and sizes
3. Recognize and apply the process of science, giving examples from both the history of astronomy and everyday life
4. Explain the nature of light and how light is used in astronomy
5. Summarize the life and death of stars and how the Universe has changed over time
6. Execute procedures, record observations, interpret data, and build conclusions from laboratory exercises

Prerequisites:  Background in Mathematics is Recommended, But Not Required

MnTC: Goal 3: Natural Sciences