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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).

1182   8:00a-11:05a Th   BUS 250   Balm S P

1183   3:45p-5:05p MW   DRSCHR 205   Balm S P

Above section 1183 is part of the SMC-UCLA Science Research Institute program (STEM), and it is intended for program participants. For more information please send your inquiry to STEM@SMC.edu.

4046   5:15p-6:35p TTh   DRSCHR 205   Schwartz M J

ASTRON 2, Planetary Astronomy    3 units

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

This course was formerly Astronomy 1B.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating subject of astronomy with an emphasis on the study of the Earth and the other planets in the solar system. Topics covered include the motions of the sky, a survey of the history of astronomy from the Greeks to Einstein, phases of the moon, eclipses, gravity, the formation of the solar system, the Earth, Terrestrial and Jovian planets, their moons, asteroids, meteoroids, comets and a discussion of extrasolar planets around other stars.

This course is not recommended to those who have completed Astronomy 4. Maximum credit allowed for Astronomy 2 and Astronomy 4 is one course (4 units).

1184   2:15p-3:35p MW   DRSCHR 205   Balm S P

1185   3:45p-5:05p TTh   DRSCHR 205   Schwartz M J

4047   6:45p-9:50p Th   DRSCHR 205   Schwartz M J

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).

1186   8:00a-11:05a TTh   DRSCHR 128   Fouts G A

Above section 1186 is part of the SMC-UCLA Science Research Institute program (STEM), and it is intended for program participants. For more information please send your inquiry to STEM@SMC.edu.

1187   11:30a-2:35p M   DRSCHR 128   Fouts G A

   11:30a-2:35p W   DRSCHR 128   Fouts G A

Above section 1187 is part of the SMC-UCLA Science Research Institute program (STEM), and it is intended for program participants. For more information please send your inquiry to STEM@SMC.edu.

ASTRON 4, Planetary 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 2, but includes a laboratory section covering astronomical observations. The laboratory portion includes the use of star charts, celestial globes, optical benches, and occasional visits to the planetarium, and computers for computer simulations. It is a one semester survey introduction to the origin and evolution of solar systems, including planetary atmospheres, interiors, surface features, moons, and their interaction with comets, asteroids, and the solar wind.

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

1188   8:00a-11:05a M   DRSCHR 128   Fouts G A

   8:00a-11:05a W   DRSCHR 128   Fouts G A

4048   6:45p-9:50p MW   DRSCHR 128   Schwartz M J

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).

4049   5:15p-6:35p MW   DRSCHR 205   Schwartz M J

4050   6:45p-9:50p T   DRSCHR 205   Schwartz M J

4051   6:45p-9:50p W   DRSCHR 208   Balm S P

ASTRON 6, Archaeoastronomy    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA pending • IGETC Area 4A (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course will stress naked-eye astronomy and the historical development of astronomical thought, from the stone age to modern times. Students will learn about celestial motions and how these motions have shaped various cultural views, and how cultural beliefs and values shaped interpretations of the phenomena seen. We will see how eclipses of the sun and moon helped mark important epochs of time, and how solar and lunar motions were used to help create calendars. The class will study the development of astronomy in western European cultures, American cultures (North America, Mesoamerica, and South America), and non-western cultures (Asia, Africa).

1189   12:45p-2:05p TTh   DRSCHR 205   Fouts G A

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