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ASTR 115
Stellar Astronomy


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20


Description
Explores the formation, evolution, and death of stars. Our sun is used as an example of ordinary stars in their middle age. The birth of stars and the final states they may occupy at their deaths are treated extensively. Extraordinary stars, extremely massive stars, black holes, neutron stars, white dwarfs, etc., are discussed. Lab work required. 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 behaviors of light and other types of radiation
  • Identify basic principles of optics as related to telescopes
  • Describe how atomic interactions and nuclear energy are related to stars
  • Explain the Standard Solar Model
  • Analyze techniques of celestial distance measurements
  • Predict the entire life cycle of a star based on its initial mass

  • Course Topics
  • Basics of astronomical studies- the scientific methods, laws of nature, and appropriate units of measure
  • Light and Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Telescopes and other observational tools of astronomy
  • Models of the formation and behaviors of the Sun
  • Techniques to determine the characteristics of stars: temperature, distance, composition, and motion
  • Life cycle of stars: Formation, evolution, and death

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    ASTR 115
    Winter 2014
    0810
    Frank Skorina
    ASTR 115
    Winter 2013
    1421
    Steve May
    ASTR 115
    Winter 2012
    0167
    Steve May
    ASTR 115
    Winter 2011
    0167
    Steve May
    ASTR 115
    Winter 2011
    8022
    Frank Skorina


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
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    Summer
    Mini 
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    *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.