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Course Name: Introduction to Astronomy
Course Number: ASTR 5
Course Objectives:
  • Students will be able to analyze electromagnetic radiation.
  • Students will be able to identify and explain the basic motion of the planets.
  • Students will be able to compare the three motions of the earth and predict the motion of objects in the sky due to these motions.
  • Students will be able to relate the major structures of the universe to specific units of measurement.
  • Students will be able to explain the motion and phases of the Moon, as well as the mechanism of eclipses.
  • Students will be able to summarize and evaluate current theories of the origin and evolution of the solar system.
  • Students will be able to classify and identify meteorites based on their visual properties.
  • Students will be able to explain stellar evolution.
  • Students will be able to summarize and evaluate our current understanding of cosmology.
  • Kepler's law of planetary motion
  • Imagine that you were stranded in the middle of the wilderness. You are able to locate Polaris in the sky to find north. Explain how you could use celestial objects (Sun, moon, stars, planets, etc.) to determine when a day, month, and year had passed.