Course Content and Outcome Guide for PHY 122
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- PHY 122
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- Elementary Astronomy
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Course DescriptionIntroduces stellar astronomy, including our sun, properties of stars, and stellar evolution. Algebra recommended. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Lab B Notes: The lab for this course has been approved as "Lab B". This means that Faculty effort in preparation and evaluation generally occurs outside of scheduled class hours. Class format is a combination of Faculty lectures and demonstrations, guided student interactions and supervised student application of lectures. Students produce written work such as lab notebooks, reports, and responses in writing to assigned questions, and the Instructor is expected to comment on and grade this written work outside of schedule class hours. This evaluation will take place on a regular basis throughout the term.
Intended Outcomes for the course
2) Use the process of stellar evolution to explain red giants, neutron stars, black holes, and white dwarf stars.
3) Access space science information from a variety of sources, evaluate the quality of this information, and compare this information with current models of astronomical processes identifying areas of congruence and discrepancy.
4) Make field based observations and measurements of astronomical phenomena, use scientific reasoning to interpret these observations and measurements, and compare the results with current astronomical models identifying areas of
congruence and discrepancy.
5) Assess the contributions of astronomy to our evolving understanding of global change and sustainability while placing the development of astronomy in its historical and cultural context
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Star names, magnitude scales, and topics in the history of astronomy, at the discretion of the instructor.
Our sun , its properties and features, and its history and future.
The electromagnetic spectrum, Doppler effect, and stellar spectra.
Stars and their properties.
The interstellar medium and stellar formation, and brown dwarf objects.
Methods of determining distances to stars.
Color-magnitude diagrams. (including “H-R diagrams”)
Stellar evolution, including: red giants, planetary nebulae, neutron stars, black holes, and white dwarf stars.