SRJC Course Outlines

10/28/2020 11:29:52 AMASTRON 2 Course Outline as of Fall 2004

Inactive Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  ASTRON 2Title:  STELLAR ASTRON &LAB  
Full Title:  Stellar Astronomy with Laboratory
Last Reviewed:6/28/2004

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Not open to students who have completed Astronomy 3. The techniques used to gather basic astronomical data.  The observed properties of stars, stellar evolution, the interstellar medium, star clusters and galaxies.  Laboratory includes astronomical spectroscopy, photometry, observations of binaries and variables, galaxy classification and stellar triangulation.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100A or ENGL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Techniques used to gather basic astronomical data. Lecture incl: the observed properties of stars & planets, stellar evolution, the interstellar medium, star clusters & galaxies. Lab incl: astronomical spectroscopy & photometry, observations of binaries & variables, galaxy classification & stellar triangulation.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100A or ENGL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 1981Fall 2004
 B3Laboratory Activity  
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 1981Fall 2004
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Provides the student with the theoretical, descriptive, methodological,
and experimental framewark required to successfully understand stellar
astronomy and related physical concepts.
Students participating in this course will have the opportunity to learn
and experience the natural processes that govern and shape our universe.
They will be able to comprehend and demonstrate some knowledge of
astronomy through lecture discussion, laboratory reports, written
assignments and examination.

Topics and Scope
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The course will include the following topics, visual aids and experimental
laboratory exercises.
I.    Introduction
     a.  Film; UNIVERSE
     b.  Introductory chapter; "The Realm of Astronomy"
     c.  Cosmos I:  THE SHORES OF THE COSMIC OCEAN
II.   Electromagnetic Radiation
     a.  The Electromagnetic Spectrum
     b.  The nature of Electromagnetic Radiation
     c.  Introduction to Star Charts
     d.  The Inverse Square Law
     e.  Geometric Optics
     f.  Spectroscopy
     g.  The Doppler Effect
     h.  Film:  THE DOPPLER EFFECT
     i.  Cosmos VIII:  TRAVELS IN SPACE AND TIME
     j.  Radiation Laws
III.  Stellar Distances
     a.  Triangulation
     b.  Cosmos VII:  THE BACKBONE OF NIGHT
IV.   Stellar Motions
     a.  Radial Velocity
     b.  Proper Motion
     c.  Film:  THE MOTIONS OF STARS
V.    Measuring Starlight
     a.  The Magnitude Scale
     b.  Absolute Magnitude
     c.  Distance Modulus
     d.  Color Index
VI.   Stellar Spectra
     a.  The Spectral Sequence
     b.  Stellar Rotaion
VII.  Binary Stars
     a.  Visual Binaries
     b.  Spectroscopic Binaries
     c.  Film:  STAR SYSTEM XI URSAE MAJORIS
     d.  Eclipsing Binaries
     e.  Film:  ALGOL:  THE DEMON STAR
     f.  Astrometric Binaries
     g.  Film:  SIRIUS AND THE WHITE DWARF
VIII. Variable Stars
     a.  Cepheid Variables
     b.  W Virginis Stars
     c.  RR Lyrea Stars
IX.   The Hertzsprung-Russel Diagram
     a.  The H-R Diagram
     b.  Spectroscopic Parallax
X.    Stellar Structure and Evoluation
     a.  Stellar Evoluation
     b.  Lifetimes of Stars
     c.  Cosmos:  IX:  THE LIVES OF STARS
XI:   The Interstellar Medium
XII.  Star Clusters
     a.  Open Clusters
     b.  Globular Clusters
     c.  Main Sequence Fits
XIII. The Galaxy
     a.  The Milky Way (Star Gauging)
     b.  The Galactic Center
XIV.  Other Galaxies
     a.  Classification of Galaxies
     b.  The Hubble Law
XV.   Cosmology
     a.  Cosmos:  THE EDGE OF FOREVER
     b.  The Hubble Law
     c.  Film:  A WHISPER FROM SPACE
     d.  The Curvature of Space
     e.  Cosmos XIII:  WHO SPEAKS FOR EARTH?

Assignments:
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Evaluation of student performance will be determined through examination
and at least one of the following written assignments; Comprehensive
research paper, analytic essay, book review, comprehensive laboratory
reports, observational assignments, or extra credit reports.  Each
student will be required to master textbook and research material
independently outside the class.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 25%
Written homework, Reading reports, Lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 25%
Lab reports, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 15%
Class performances, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 75%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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"Universe", Wm. Kaufmann
"Exploration of the Universe", G. Abell
"The Dynamic Universe", T. Snow
"Astronomy", M. Zeilik

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