Maricopa Community Colleges  AST113   19956-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 12-8-2009

AST1132010 Fall - 9999

LAB1.0 Credit(s)3.0 Period(s)2.4 LoadAcad

Introduction to Solar System Astronomy Laboratory

Astronomical observations and exercises to supplement AST111.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: AST111.

 

Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Natural Sciences (Quantitative) - [SQ] in combination with: AST111

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:

 

AST1132010 Fall - 9999

Introduction to Solar System Astronomy Laboratory

 

1.

Apply the scientific method and other critical thinking models to astronomical phenomena for hypotheses development, experimental design, data acquisition, and data analysis. (I-II)

2.

Demonstrate ability to follow directions in completing laboratory exercises. (I-II)

3.

Demonstrate ability to properly and safely use laboratory tools, e.g. calculator, computer, rulers, protractors, cameras, telescopes, photometers, magnifiers, maps, etc. for data acquisition, data analysis, or simulation. (I-II)

4.

Demonstrate ability to work effectively in collaborative groups. (I-II)

5.

Write accurate and meaningful reports analyzing experiments, both qualitatively and quantitatively. (I-II)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:

 

AST1132010 Fall - 9999

Introduction to Solar System Astronomy Laboratory

I. Scientific Method and Critical Thinking Models

II. Possible Laboratory Topics

A. Celestial motions

1. Sky at night

2. Keplerís laws of planetary motion

3. Geocentric model versus the heliocentric model

4. Solar system dimensions

5. Telescopic observations

6. Astrophotography

7. Astrometry

8. Parallax

9. Celestial coordinate systems

B. Radiation

1. Electromagnetic spectrum

2. Radiation laws

3. Doppler effect

4. Spectroscopy

C. Telescopes

1. Optical telescopes

2. Resolution

3. Photometry

4. Astrophotography

D. Earth

1. Surface features

2. Earth-moon effects

3. Plate tectonics

4. Seasons

5. Astronomical systems of time

E. Earthís moon

1. Orbit and rotation

2. Surface features

3. Cratering and volcanism

4. Telescopic observations

5. Astrophotography

F. Comparative planetology: the planets

1. Orbit and rotation

2. Surface or atmospheric features

3. Cratering and volcanism

4. Moons

5. Ring structure

6. Telescopic observations

7. Astrophotography

8. Photometry

G. Solar system debris

1. Asteroids

2. Comets

3. Meteoroids

4. Telescopic observations

5. Astrophotography

6. Photometry

H. Sun

1. Solar activity

2. Telescopic observations

3. Astrophotography

 

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