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Astronomy

ASTRON 1, Stellar Astronomy    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5A (Physical Sciences, non-lab) • Prerequisite: None.

This course was formerly Astronomy 1A.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating subject of astronomy with an emphasis on the study of the Sun and other stars. Topics covered include the motions of the sky, a survey of the history of astronomy from Kepler to Einstein, gravity, radiation and matter, astronomical instrumentation, our Sun, stars, star formation, stellar evolution, galaxies and cosmology.

This course is not recommended to those who have completed Astronomy 3. Maximum credit allowed for Astronomy 1 and Astronomy 3 is one course (4 units).

1041   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   MC 83   Balm S P

ASTRON 3, Stellar Astronomy with Laboratory   4 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5A (Physical Sciences, + LAB) • Prerequisite: None.

This survey course covers the same material as Astronomy 1 but has a laboratory portion covering astronomical observations. The laboratory portion includes the use of star charts, celestial globes, spectroscopes, optical benches, occasional visits to the planetarium, and computer simulations.

Maximum credit allowed for Astronomy 1 and Astronomy 3 is one course (four units).

1042   10:15a-2:35p MW   DRSCHR 128   Schwartz M J

   10:15a-2:35p TTh   DRSCHR 205   Schwartz M J

ASTRON 4, Solar System with Laboratory   4 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5A (Physical Sciences, + LAB) • Prerequisite: None.

This course covers the same material as Astronomy 2 but includes a laboratory covering astronomical observations using telescopes, astronomical computations using computers, lunar and planetary maps, star charts, eclipse tables, and planetarium related instruction. Observations of the sun, moon, and planets lead to a deeper understanding of planetary astronomy.

Maximum credit allowed for Astronomy 2 and Astronomy 4 is one course (four units).

1043   8:00a-12:20p MW   DRSCHR 205   Fouts G A

   8:00a-12:20p TTh   DRSCHR 128   Fouts G A

ASTRON 5, Life in the Universe    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5A (Physical Sciences, non-lab) • Prerequisite: None.

This course surveys the latest ideas concerning the origin and evolution of life on earth and discusses how these ideas are influencing our search for life on other planets in our solar system and elsewhere in the Universe. Topics covered include the chemical and biological basis of life, the search for life on Mars, extrasolar planets and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).

1044   10:15a-12:20p MTWTh   MC 83   Balm S P

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