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ASTR 1030 - Astronomy (TN eCampus)

(4 credits)
Prerequisites: There are no other college-level courses that must be taken before this one, but the student should have entry-level college reading and math skills. Some concepts of astronomy, and some laboratory exercises require the ability to understand and perform some basic algebraic manipulations. The PHYS 1030  may be taken before or after this course for those students needing a two-semester science elective. The most logical sequence would be Physics and then Astronomy because some of the laws studied in Physics apply to Astronomy.

As an introduction to astronomy, this course explores what we know about the solar system and how we know what we know. Topics covered include the history of astronomy, methods of astronomy, formation of the solar system, and the physical characteristics of the sun, planets, moons, and minor members of the solar system (asteroids, meteoroids, and comets). Through the use of text, laboratory, astronomy web sites and actual observation, the student can expect to learn to identify, locate and specify location of the visible planets, some constellations and any other “visitors” that happen to show themselves in our solar system during the course.

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