PHY 113Astronomy

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  PHY 113 Astronomy

Credit Hours:  4                .0            Contact Hours:  6.0                          Lecture/Lab:  6.0              Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in MTH 092 or placement

Co-requisites:  None                                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: The basic concepts of astronomy will be introduced, focusing on the structure, motion, and evolution of the universe.  The historical path to present-day understanding will be presented, describing Ptolemaic, Brahe, and Kepler models.  Students will obtain some necessary physical background, including the nature of light, atomic structure, gravitation and relativity.

General Education Goals: PHY 113 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Scientific Knowledge and Reasoning.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:  Students will use the scientific method of inquiry through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical operations;
  2. use the scientific method to analyze a problem and draw conclusions from data and observations;
  3. use accurate terminology and notation in written and/or oral form to describe and explain the sequence of steps in the analysis of a particular physical phenomenon in the area of astronomy; and
  4. perform laboratory experiments where natural world phenomena will be observed and measured.