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ASTR& 110
The Solar System


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20


Description
This course, which includes a lab, examines the formation of our solar system and the nature of our sun and planets and is intended for the student interested in astronomy or in order to fulfill the general education lab science requirements. Topics include the historical development of the science of astronomy. Formerly ASTR 110, The Solar System. Prerequisites: Math 74C; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Describe how the scientific method is used in the acquisition and application of "scientific knowledge".
  • Describe the enormity of the scales of both distance and time in the universe.
  • Analyze the motion of orbiting bodies using the basic law of gravity.
  • Identify the various objects which make up our solar system: The Sun, terrestrial planets, jovian planets, and numerous smaller bodies.
  • Compare and contrast the models of solar system formation.

  • Course Topics
  • Basics of astronomical studies- the scientific methods, laws of nature, and appropriate units of measure
  • Cycles in the sky: seasons, lunar phases, and eclipses
  • Evolution of the understanding of our "place" in the universe
  • Gravity and its role in the behavior of astronomical motions
  • Structure and behavior of the Earth, including effects of the Moon
  • A survey of the planets, their natural satellites, and smaller objects in the Solar System
  • Solar system formation

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    ASTR& 110
    Fall 2015
    7018
    Steve May
    ASTR& 110
    Fall 2013
    0817
    Frank Skorina
    ASTR& 110
    Fall 2012
    0167
    Frank Skorina
    ASTR& 110
    Fall 2011
    0167
    Frank Skorina
    ASTR& 110
    Fall 2010
    0167
    Frank Skorina


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
    X
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.