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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).

1048   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   BUS 251   Balm S P

1049   10:15a-12:20p MTWTh   HSS 151   Salama A H

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).

1050   10:15a-12:20p MTWTh   BUS 251   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).

1051   8:00a-12:20p MW   DRSCHR 128   Fouts G A

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

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).

1052   10:15a-2:35p MW   DRSCHR 205   Schwartz M J

   10:15a-2:35p TTh   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).

4006   6:30p-9:40p MW   DRSCHR 205   Grazier K R

Above section 4006 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 23 to Aug 13.

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