Emphasis on mathematical and physical comprehension of nature, the sun, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Designed for students who have had algebra and trigonometry and high school or introductory-level college physics. Cannot be taken for credit in combination with ASTR 101 or ASTR 301. Offered: A.
Astronomy covers stars, galaxies, and cosmology plus some basics of physics and philosophy that would be expected for a college--level science course. The term project and labs are designed for people who have successfully completed high-school mathematics.
Student learning goals
1. To understand the methods of learning in science and how they differ from business, medicine, religion, and other academic areas.
2. To be able to understand the exciting developments taking place in astronomical research with some emphasis on the Big Bang and the start of space and time.
3. To learn how learning is a team effort, and to work with peers to explore.
General method of instruction
No prerequeisites other than three successful years of high-school science and math.
Class assignments and grading
There is a mild focus on hands-on projects and labs done with groups of peers. Tests are closed book; however, you can bring a page of handwritten notes to each exam.
A mix of exams, homework, and project grades.