AS 101, Syllabus, Fall 2011

AS 101, Syllabus, Fall 2011 - Montgomery College Germantown...

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Montgomery College, Germantown Campus Business, Science, Mathematics and Technology Division, (240) 567-7722 AS 101 (Introductory Astronomy), Fall 2011, Syllabus CRN Time Days Location Lecture: 21396 7:00 pm – 9:40 pm T HT 320 Discussion: 21591 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm R HT 320 Lab: 21397 8:00 pm - 9:40 pm R HT 320 Instructor: Dr. Ralph Siegel, [email protected] , office hours before and after class. I will also be in room 228 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12 noon. Course Description: 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. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MA 094, appropriate score on the mathematics placement test, or consent of department. Assessment levels: EN 101/101A Course Outcomes: 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 of stars. 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 planetary motion. 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. Text: Horizons – Exploring the Universe, 11 th edition, by Michael Seeds Expectations: 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.
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