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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).

1023   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   DRSCHR 205   Salama A H

1024   10:15a-12:20p MTWTh   DRSCHR 136   Grazier K R

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).

1025   10:15a-12:20p MTWTh   DRSCHR 205   Salama A H

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