Earth Science 1122 - Astronomy: The Solar System

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

An introduction to the solar system using recently available astronomical data. Major topics include scale models, planetary properties, earth-sun relationships, lunar geology, terrestrial planets, jovian planets, natural satellites and ring systems, asteroids, comets, meteoroids, meteors, meteorites, interplanetary space probes, and formation theories. Prerequisite: Math 0481 with a grade of C or better or a qualifying score on the Math Placement Exam.
4 Credit Hours

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COURSE MEDIA

Ten half-hour videotapes to view from the series Astronomy: Observations & Theories.

ORIENTATION/ATTENDANCE

Orientation is required.

EVALUATION/GRADING

Twelve labs, four exams, observation log (about 15 observations)

COURSE OUTLINE

Unit

Lesson

Required Reading in “The Solar System” Text

Required Course Student Guide

Video Lesson

Lab Exercises & Observation Log

 Exam

1

1 – Study of the Universe Here and Now

Chapter 1

Appendix A

Lesson 1

#1 “The Study of the Universe”

 

 

 

2 – Observing the Sky

Chapter 2 Appendix B  “The Solar Nebula Theory” & “Survey of the Solar System”

Lesson 2,

#2 “Observing the Sky”

#1 “Metric System & Angular Measurement”

#2 “Drawing the Solar System to Scale”

 

 

3 – Celestial Cycles of the Moon

Chapter 3

Lesson 3

#3 “Celestial Cycles”

Begin Observing Log; complete 3-4 observations

 

 

4 - Section A: The Birth of Astronomy Origin of Mondern Astronomy

Chapter 4

Lesson 4

#4 “The Birth of Astronomy”

 

 

 

4 - Section B: Gravity

Chapter 5

 none

 none

#16 “Planetary Properties”

 

1

2

5 – Light and Telescopes

Chapter 6

Lesson 5

#5 “Astronomical Tools”

 

 

 

7 – The Sun –Our Star

Chapter 8

"Perspective: Origins”

Lesson 7

#7 “The Sun – Our Star”

Complete & submit 7-8 observations

 

 

16 – Solar Systems 

Chapter 19

Lesson 16

#16 “Solar Systems”

#6 “Earth-Sun Connections and Space Weather”

2 

17 – Section A: Earth: The Standard for Comparative Planetology

Chapter 20

Lesson 17

#17 “Terrestrial Planets”

Complete 3-4 observations 

 

 

17 – Section B: The Moon and Mercury –Comparing Airless Worlds

Chapter 21

Lesson 17

#17 “Terrestrial Planets”

#10 “Lunar Geology”

#17M “Mercury” 

 

 

17 – Section C: The Comparative Planetology of Venus & Mars

Chapter 22

Lesson 17

#17 “Terrestrial Planets”

#17V “Venus”

#18 “Mars”

 3

18 – The Jovian Worlds

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Lesson 18

#18 “The Jovian Worlds”

#19 “Jovian Planets”

 

 

19 – Solar System Debris

Chapter 25

Lesson 19

#19 “Solar System Debris”

#3 “Asteroids”

#4 “Comets”

#5 “Meteoroids, & Meteorites”

Complete & submit all remaining observations

 4

 07/26/2012

 

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