2023-2024 EGCC Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
    Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 EGCC Catalog and Student Handbook
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AST 101 - Introduction to Astronomy


Credits: 4

Introduction to Astronomy is an introductory course in the field of astronomy for the non-science major. The history of astronomy, the Universe, and astronomy as a physical science will be the focus of this course. Topics covered include, the use of Scientific method used in astronomy observational techniques, Earth, Moon and Sun, The Solar System, Planets, Asteroids, Comets and Meteors, Stars and Constellations, Galaxies, Manned and unmanned Space Exploration, Plate tectonics, Earth’s landforms, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Minerals and rocks, Geologic time, The Atmosphere, Earth’s Energy Balance, Weather, Atmospheric Circulation, Climate.

Theory: 4
Lab: (Required Lab)
Notes: Lab Note: The laboratory portion of this course will focus on an introduction to laboratory principles and techniques in astronomy including astronomical observation and exercises to supplement theory with simulation on motions and changes in the sky, topics in planetary astronomy, measuring stellar magnitudes, spectral lines, and galactic astronomy.



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