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AS 101 (Introductory Astronomy), Fall 2011, Syllabus
7:00 pm – 9:40 pm
7:00 pm – 7:50 pm
8:00 pm - 9:40 pm
Dr. Ralph Siegel,
, office hours before and after
I will also be in room 228 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12 noon.
A basic introduction to astronomy that emphasizes appreciation of the earth's
relationship to the universe. The basic laws of physics as they apply to astronomy are covered along
with telescopes and data collection and analysis techniques utilized by astronomers. Also covered are
the evolution of stars, the solar system, galaxies, and the origin and evolution of the universe.
Laboratory sessions, both computer-based and other, give practical applications to material covered in
lectures. Two night-time observing sessions are also included. (NSLD)
Three hours lecture, two hours
laboratory, one hour discussion each week.
A grade of C or better in MA 094, appropriate score on the mathematics placement test,
or consent of department.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
Classify the stars using its spectra.
Describe the composition, method of energy production, origin, and evolution of the Sun.
Describe the origin of the stars, interstellar medium, and the life cycle of the various categories
Describe the various bodies that are found in the solar system.
Determine the lifetime of different stars.
Explain and apply Hubble
s method of classifying different galaxies.
Explain how a telescope works and how to use one to observe various objects in the sky.
Explain the importance of Kepler
s laws of motion and then solve simple problems dealing with
Explain the Big Bang theory and calculate the age of the universe.
Explain the spectroscopy and how it is used in the study of the universe.
Explain the structure and composition of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Horizons – Exploring the Universe, 11
edition, by Michael Seeds
Students are expected to (1) attend all classes, (2) come to each class on time, (3) take
every exam at the scheduled time and (4) do every lab at the scheduled time.
Students who do not
fulfill (1) – (4) may receive an F or be withdrawn from the course.
Also, to be prepared