ASTRONOMY - SC1543
Length of Course: One Semester (Lab Science)
Credit: .5 Credit
Grade Placement: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Biology and Physical Science or DC recommendation.
Enrollment in Environmental Science is recommended.
State Code: 03004A000
Course Description: The purpose of the course is to give students a general understanding of astronomical concepts and events that are a part of their daily lives. Things such as phases of the moon, seasons, time, tides, and eclipses will be addresses. The course will be divided into three units. It will begin with the ancient’s view of the world and our solar system. A historical overview of the major astronomical discoveries (emphasizing the spirit of Galileo, Kepler, and Newton) will be covered. In addition, the first unit will include simple observational devices to assist students with their own astronomical observations. Laboratory investigations will be utilized to demonstrate and illustrate concepts being discussed. The second unit highlights the solar system and the third will concentrate on the universe of stars. Some mathematical skills are required. However, the relationships that are displayed in mathematical equations will also be explained descriptively.