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ASTR 120
Galaxies, the Universe and Cosmology


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20


Description
Current ideas concerning the nature of galaxies and the universe as a whole. Topics include (all in a descriptive, predominately non-mathematical manner): general relativity and curved space time, black holes, quasars, and The Big Bang model of cosmology. 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
  • Predict the behavior of spaces and times as informed by Einstein's Theories of Special and General Relativity.
  • Identify the size and components of the Milky Way galaxy.
  • Describe the diversity of galactic types in the Universe.
  • Analyze the Expanding Universe via Hubble's Law.
  • Explain the Big Bang model of cosmic evolution.
  • Prediction of the ultimate fates of the Universe.
  • Describe how the scientific method is used in the acquisition and application of "scientific knowledge"

  • Course Topics
  • Basics of astronomical studies- the scientific methods, laws of nature, and appropriate units of measure
  • Brief overview of stars: types, physical characteristics, and life cycles
  • Structure and evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy
  • Survey of the diversity of galaxies in both time and space
  • Cosmology- the evolution and structure of the Universe
  • Possibility of extraterrestrial life and intelligence

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    ASTR 120
    Spring 2013
    1657
    Steve May
    ASTR 120
    Winter 2013
    8010
    Frank Skorina
    ASTR 120
    Spring 2012
    0168
    Steve May
    ASTR 120
    Spring 2010
    0168
    Steve May
    ASTR 120
    Spring 2009
    0168
    Steve May


    Two Year Projected Schedule

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