ASTR 17 Planets (3)
Credit, Degree Applicable
Methods and practice of planetary science and its impact on humanity. Fundamental physical sciences for understanding the origin and evolution of planetary systems. Comparative examination of planetary attributes including atmospheres, geospheres, magnetospheres, and hydrospheres. Solar System and extra-solar planet systems and life-bearing possibilities. Detailed planetary information revealed by space missions.
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Outcome 1: Use basic terminology ofintroductory planetary science including astronomical unit, orbital velocity, planetesimal, and angular momentum properly.
- Outcome 2: Evaluate claims and information concerning the planets for plausibility putting into practice the scientific methods of inquiry, logic and reasoning.
- Outcome 3: Recognize, describe and connect the manifestation of physical laws in the realm of planetary sciences that are operating in their lives.
- Outcome 4: Conclude that planetary information has become knowable through observations, experiments and modeling, and integrating that into a cosmic perspective of planets' place in the universe.
- Outcome 5: Compare and contrast the evolution, structure and properties ofthe Solar System's planets to other planetary systems and communicate the differences effectively.
- Outcome 6: Question and evaluate how knowledge gained from planetary sciences has affected humanity's concept of the natural world and our global society.