INX300 - Astronomy

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Subject Title

Subject Description
This course introduces students to the science of Astronomy. They will study the planets, stars, galaxies, the structure of the observable universe and our place in it. Students will understand the Earth's motions, the reason for seasons, tides, and eclipses. They will learn about the workings of the universe and the techniques used in modern astronomy, contemporary views of the solar system, and the nature of stars and their evolution. Students will gain firsthand knowledge using real astronomical data to understand the nature of the universe. As a result, they will develop a better appreciation of the beauty of the cosmos and the scientific quest to understand it.

Credit Status
Liberal Studies Option for college degree programs and an upper semester breadth option for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program..

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Summarize the scales of the observable universe in space and time.
  2. Analyze Earth's motions, lunar phases, solar and lunar eclipses.
  3. Explain the methods used by astronomers to investigate the nature of the universe.
  4. Summarize the modern understanding of formation of the Solar system.
  5. Analyze the solar cycle of the Sun its effect on Earth and surrounding space
  6. Summarize the different techniques used in hunting for planets beyond our solar system. 
  7. Explain the properties of stars and stages of stellar evolution.
  8. Analyze our Milky Way and other galaxies and the evidence for dark matter. 

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