# PHY 113 ASTRONOMY

**PHY 113 – Astronomy**

**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:

- translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical operations;
- use the scientific method to analyze a problem and draw conclusions from data and observations;
- 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
- perform laboratory experiments where natural world phenomena will be observed and measured.