Who should take this course?
Anyone who is interested in learning about astronomy.
What will we be studying?
Positional astronomy, measuring astronomical distances and times. The motions of the earth, moon, solar system, the sun and stars: colors, types, groupings, life cycles, milky way galaxy, stellar oddities: black holes, quasars; cosmology: big bang theory, historical development of astronomy, instruments and techniques of astronomy.
What will be expected of me?
Involved presence in class, including: note taking, participation (asking questions, responding to questions).
How is the course taught?
Achieving a satisfactory grade for the course.
Grading: 1-2 tests per marking period and a final exam, a notebook, and project (if any).
Details and pre/co-requisites:
Juniors and Seniors. For sophomores, satisfactory completion of Physics 1 & 2 is necessary. Besides physics, some geometry and algebra are essential. This one-term course is offered during both fall and spring semesters.