ASTRO 101 - Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System and the Search for a new Earth
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/2
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 115.
Advisory Prerequisites:
A basic high school math and science background.
Other Course Info:
F, W.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

This course presents an introduction to the field of astronomy and astrophysics with an emphasis on the discoveries from space exploration. The first third of the course deals with understanding the history of astronomy, orbits, gravitation, optics, and the properties of light and matter. The rest of the course explores the properties, origin, and evolution of the major planets, asteroids, comets, the Sun, and other components of the Solar System with particular emphasis on comparative aspects with respect to the Earth. The origin and formation of the Solar System and the origin of life will also be discussed.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include assigned reading, section meetings, homework, observations, quizzes, midterm, and a final examination.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for non-science majors with a basic high school math and science background.

Class Format:

ASTRO 101 has a one-hour discussion section.

ASTRO 101 - Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System and the Search for a new Earth
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
22614
Open
101
 
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MWF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
10995
Open
25
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
10996
Open
25
 
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Tu 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
10997
Open
25
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
10998
Open
25
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
006 (LEC)
 
10999
Open
100
 
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MWF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
19254
Open
25
 
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Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
11000
Open
25
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
28400
Open
25
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 3:00PM
010 (DIS)
P
28401
Open
25
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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ISBN: 9780134583143
Cosmic Perspective, The: The Solar System & Modified MasteringAstronomy with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card, 8th Edition
Required
7th edition is fine, but Mastering Astronomy is required. This can be purchased separately online.
Required
ISBN: 9780321820464
Lecture-tutorials for introductory astronomy, Author: Edward E. Prather ... [et al.] ; with contributions by Jack A. Dostal, Colin S. Wallace., Publisher: Pearson 3rd ed. 2013
Required
"Looseleaf" edition- same book but unbound, 3-hole drilled for placement in a binder: Cosmic Perspective, The: The Solar System & Modified MasteringAstronomy with Pearson eText w/ Lecture Tutorials Package, 8/E. ISBN-13: 9780134650326
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