2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AST 103 - Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System

Credits: 3
A survey course at the beginning level which discusses the nearby objects of our solar system, the formation and evolution of planetary bodies and the exploration of space. A minimum of mathematics is required, in the tradition of the amateur astronomer. Recommended for non-science majors.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Evaluate ideas using the scientific method.
  2. Analyze graphs of scientific data quantitatively and employ unit conversions as appropriate.
  3. Interpret the apparent motions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars in terms of their actual motions and of the motions of the Earth.
  4. Compare and contrast terrestrial and jovian worlds and interpret their differences in terms of their formation histories.
  5. Apply comparative planetology to compare the evolution and functioning of different planets.
  6. Illustrate the benefits to society of the exploration of the Solar System and beyond.

Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
Graded: Letter Grade

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