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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
Examination of the formation of our solar system and the nature of our sun and planets. Topics include historical development of the science of astronomy. Lab work required. Prerequisite: 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. Formerly ASTR 110, The Solar System.

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 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
    ASTR& 110
    Winter 2010
    8006
    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.