ASTR 18 Stars (3)
Credit, Degree Applicable
Introduction to stars and stellar systems, including their apparent motions and their use in navigation. Observations and theories regarding stars as the primary producers of energy in the universe and of the chemical elements necessary for life. Evolution of stars and their impact within galaxies and on planets.
Offered Spring semesters
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Outcome 1: Use basic terminology from solar and stellar astronomy including, light-year, nuclear fusion, supernovae, clusters, and main-sequence properly
- Outcome 2: Evaluate claims and information concerning the Sun and stars for plausibility putting into practice the scientific methods ofincluding inquiry, logic and reasoning.
- Outcome 3: Recognize, describe and connect the manifestation of physical laws in the realm of solar and stellar astronomy that are operating in their lives.
- Outcome 4: Conclude that stellar information has become knowable through observation, experiments and modeling, and integrating that into a cosmic perspective of stars' place in the universe.
- Outcome 5: Compare and contrast the evolution, structure, and properties ofthe Sun to the different categories of stars including their physical role played within the galaxy and universe, and their relationship to the systems of planets revolving around them and communicate the differences effectively.
- Outcome 6: Question and evaluate how knowledge gained from stellar astronomy has affected humanity's concept of the natural world and our global society.