ASTRONOMYNUMBER:AST 101 (and ASTL 101) (ASTL-101-301) Fall 2021TITLE:Astronomy of the Solar SystemDIVISION:STEMNOTE:ONLINELAB COURSECOURSE DESCRIPTION:This course provides a survey of the nature and underlying physics of allthe solar system objects: sun, planets, satellites, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids. Astronomicaldiscoveries are put into historical perspective. Experiments are carried out via computer program for onlineuse. Topics in optics, motion, heat, and properties of states of matter are introduced. The use of sky chartsand coordinate systems is presented.3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours per week, 4 credit hours.PREREQUISITES:ENG096, if required, or permission of the instructor.COREQUISITE:ASTL 101 (Lab)CREDITS:4Instructor:Prof. Bill McClainEmail:[email protected](use ONLY for non-important UCC/coursequestions. This email is not checked as frequently as Canvas email for thecourse.)Office Hours:I do not have an office. This is for the ONLINE lab course, pleaseuse Canvas emailfor all Lab related questions.PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LECTURE PROFESSOR'S SYLLABUS FOR HOW THEY GRADE ANDWHAT THEY EXPECT.THIS SYLLABUS IS FOR REFERENCE ONLY FOR THE ASTL-101ONLINE LAB SECTION.REQUIRED MATERIALS (CHECK WITH BOOKSTORE FOR LATEST EDITION):Astronomy, Fraknoi, Morrison and Wolff Rice University, OpenStax – FREE/downloadable.(Note: This is for lecture. But will possibly be useful for information or reference in lab.)LAB SOFTWARE REQUIRED FOR ASTL 101:“Stellarium” - FREE softwarethat can be found atNote that it is HIGHLY recommended to use the PC/Windows version of the full software.If youuse a different system, your instructor may not be able to help you if you have trouble. Also, it isnot
recommended to use the “online web version” of Stellarium. It DOES NOT have all the features you willneed and will be more difficult to use.Other software/lab materials will be listed online and available during the course.
Astronomy of the Solar SystemAST 101 (and ASTL 101)The same text is also used for AST102.
Astronomy of the Solar SystemAST 101 (and ASTL 101)COURSE OBJECTIVES/STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES/CORE COMPETENCIES:Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:1.Demonstrate knowledge of the components of the solar system, including planets, dwarf planets, Sun,satellites, asteroids, meteors, and comets.2.Identify solar system regions including the asteroid belt, Kuiper belt, and Oort cloud.3.Understand basic physics concepts pertaining to solar system astronomy, including scientific method,concepts of measurement, density, mass, Newton’s laws, rotational motion, and heat transfer.4.Understand basic geology concepts pertaining to solar system astronomy, including volcanism, platetectonics, and the internal structure of the Earth.