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Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO)

ASTRO 011 (GN) Elementary Astronomy Laboratory (1) Selected experiments and explorations to illustrate major astronomical principles and techniques. Telescopes observations of planets, stars and nebulae.

ASTRO 011 Elementary Astronomy Laboratory (1)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

ASTRO 011 is the 1 credit laboratory component of this overview of astronomy. It covers material similar to the lecture component, but the selected topics are covered in more depth and are focussed on active learning components. Weekly two-hour labs include discussion of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, an activity to illustrate the phases of the moon, analysis of the colorful spectra of different chemical elements, and exploration of the deepest image of space ever obtained. In addition, students will complete a semester nighttime observing project that typically involves learning some constellations, tracing phases of the moon, and sketching images seen through our well-equipped rooftop student observatory. While most laboratory sections meet in the evening, daytime sections concentrate on classroom, computer-based and solar observing activities.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Fall 2004
Prerequisite: or concurrent:ASTRO 001 orASTRO 010

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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