SRJC Course Outlines

7/4/2020 5:40:37 PMASTRON 4L Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  ASTRON 4LTitle:  SOLAR ASTRON LAB  
Full Title:  Solar System Astronomy Laboratory
Last Reviewed:3/27/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0.00Total Student Learning Hours: 52.50 

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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Analysis and interpretation of astronomical data.  Using collaborative activities, photos, spectra, and direct observations, the student will arrive at conclusions concerning fundamental properties of the Solar System, comparative planetology, and planetary atmospheres.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion or Current Enrollment in ASTRON 4


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Analysis and interpretation of astronomical data.  Using collaborative activities, photos, spectra, and direct observations, the student will arrive at conclusions concerning fundamental properties of the Solar System, comparative planetology, and planetary atmospheres.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Course Completion or Current Enrollment in ASTRON 4
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
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:
 B3Laboratory ActivityFall 1998
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5CFulfills Lab RequirementFall 1998
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1997Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1998Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Describe and use methods to interpret observable astronomical phenomena.
2.  Use astronomical tools to make accurate observations.
3.  Employ critical thinking to evaluate observable data.
 

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Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Graph, analyze, and interpret planetary data.
2. Compare and contrast the planets and satellites within our Solar System.
3. Apply the fundamental properties of gravitation to draw conclusions concerning the physical
    characteristics and motions of planets and satellites.
4. Explain the observational techniques that are used to compute the distances, orbits,
    atmospheres, motions, compositions, and masses of planets and satellites.
5. Construct a model of the Earth-Moon-Sun system and utilize it to predict and explain lunar
    phases.
6. Identify the physical principles involved in the formation and retention of planetary
    atmospheres.
7. Discuss the observation techniques used to discover and study extra-solar planets.
8. Compute the rotation rate and mass of the Sun.
9. Describe the techniques used to determine the ages of planetary and satellite surfaces.

Topics and Scope
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I. Overview of the scientific method
II. Distances, scales and units of measure
III. Planetary motion and gravity
    A. Kepler's laws of planetary motion
    B. Newton's laws of motion and gravity
    C. Calculating surface gravities of planets
IV. Terrestrial planets
    A. Atmospheres, surface features, and other properties
    B. Seasons
    C. Life-planet relationships
    D. Evidence of liquid water
V. Jovian planets
    A. Atmosphere, interior structure, and other properties
    B. Satellites
    C. Planetary ring systems and Roche's Limit
VI. Pluto and other dwarf planets
VII. Comets and meteor showers
    A. Anatomy of a comet
    B. Cometary orbits
    C. Comet-meteor relationships
    D. Meteors and meteor showers
VIII. Asteroids and meteorites
    A. Asteroid classification
    B. Impacts
    C. Meteorite classification
IX. The Moon
    A. Delay in rise/set
    B. Phases
    C. Surface and interior
    D. Orbit
    E. Geologic history
X. Eclipses
    A. Types of shadows
    B. Lunar eclipses
    C. Solar eclipses
    D. Eclipse seasons and future eclipses
XI. The Sun
    A. Solar interior and atmosphere
    B. Nuclear fusion
    C. Photosphere and sunspots
XII. The origin of the Solar System
    A. Nebular hypothesis
    B. Age of the Solar System
XIII. Extra-solar planets  
 
Additional topics may include:
XIV. Earth and sky
    A. Celestial sphere
    B. Diurnal and annual motion
XV. Constellations and mapping
    A. Star charts and planispheres
    B. Terrestrial and celestial coordinate systems
XVI. Optical systems
    A. Image formation
    B. Lenses and mirrors
    C. Telescope types
    D. Cameras

Assignments:
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1. Exams (1-4)
2. Quizzes (0-15)
3. Weekly reading assignments (5-10 pages)
4. Laboratory assignments (10-20)
5. Outdoor observation reports (1-5)

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 - 40%
Observation reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 50%
Laboratory assignments
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 40%
Objective examinations (multiple choice, true/false, short answer), Quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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21st Century Astronomy. 5th ed. Kay, Laura and Paeln, Stacy and Blumenthal, George. Norton. 2016
Explorations: An Introduction to Astronomy. 8th ed. Arny, Thomas and Schneider, Stephen. McGraw-Hill Publishing. 2016
Observer's Handbook 2017. Edgar, James. Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. 2016
A Workbook for Astronomy. 2nd ed. Waxman, Jerry. Quintessential Publishing. 2007 (classic)

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