AST 111 Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar System

This course is a descriptive, conceptual introduction to astronomy as a scientific discipline, focusing on the solar system and its contents. Topics include the history of astronomy, the motions of the sky, gravity and orbits, light, telescopes, planetary interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, the origin of the solar system, the sun, and life beyond the earth. The planetarium, computer labs and other visual aids are used extensively. This course complements the material covered in AST 112, but may be taken independently. High school sciences and basic algebra are highly recommended. Three class hours and two laboratory hours per week. A few meetings will be scheduled at night for observing with the College's telescope. Instructional Support Fee applies. Competency met: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery (3.0) 4 credits Fall, Spring, Summer

4 credits
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