ASTR1305 Introduction to Astronomy

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 3 - This course introduces the science of modern astronomy and it is intended for non-science major students. It emphasizes physical sciences of astronomy and it covers the history of astronomy, properties of light, telescopes, formation of the solar systems, Steller configuration, Steller evolution, and galactic structure and evolution. This course encompasses a lab component and it acquaints students acquainted with general methods and techniques of astronomy. The lab component aids students with comprehending difficult astronomy concepts. It satisfies necessity of natural sciences lab course under Goal Area 3 of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Describe fundamental physical principles and laws of astronomy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of measurement techniques used in contemporary astronomy.
  • Define various astronomical objects including planets, dwarf planets, plutinos, plutoids, nebula, asteroids, comets, and black holes.
  • Describe lunar phases, eclipses, and the reasons for seasons.
  • Label various positions of planets in planetary configuration.
  • Explain three Kepler¿s laws of planetary motion.
  • Outline the different portion of electromagnetic spectrum based on wavelength, frequency, and energy.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the theory of solar system and stellar system formation and evolution.
  • Distinguish the physical properties of the planets of our solar systems.
  • Identify different segments of star classification on Hertzsprung ¿ Russell (H-R) diagram.
  • Distinguish between planets and dwarf planets, reflection telescope and refraction telescope, plutinos and plutoids and retrograde motion and prograde motion.
  • Explain the importance of Hubble¿s Law.
  • Conduct experiments to test hypothesis and mathematical formula.
  • Use appropriate computer technology and software to perform experiments, perform analysis, and prepare reports.
  • Identify diverse asterisms, planets, and stars and learn how to discover astronomical objects in the sky.
  • Verify theoretical astronomical concepts through practical investigation.
  • Prepare presentation about assigned projects for night sky observations and present it to the peers and faculty.
  • Communicate astronomical theory, experimental results and real- world applications of astronomical concepts and laws.
  • Demonstrate cooperative learning skills.


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4 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 0 other