Apr 20, 2021
PSC 1000 - Survey of Astronomy
General introduction to astronomy, with emphasis on the structure of the universe beyond our solar system. Topics include historical astronomy, the sun, stars, galaxies, interstellar matter, black holes, the “Big Bang” theory, and the evolution of the universe. No prereq, but familiarity with basic algebra and geometry is beneficial. Must enroll in ASTR 1000.
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2NS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Be able to explain the nature of stars, including their energy source and evolution.
- Describe evidence for an expanding universe of finite age, and current questions regarding its composition and evolution.
- Describe the nature of light and the role of telescopes in advancing astronomical knowledge.
- Know basic characteristics of galaxies, and means by which we study their properties and evolution.
- Read graphs and charts to extract needed information.
- Understand how to analyze, evaluate, and test a scientific hypothesis.
- Understand the origins of common astronomical phenomena such as the seasons, lunar phases, eclipses, and celestial motions.
- Use basic scientific language and processes and be able to distinguish between scientific and non-scientific explanations.
- Use mathematical formulae and solve qualitative problems with them.
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