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School:
Berea College
Course:
Phy 111 - Introduction to Astronomy

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PHY 111 INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY Instructor Office Phone Email Office Hrs Website Lecture Schedule Lab Schedule Dr Martin Veillette Science Hall Room 111 985 3299 veillettem berea com MWF 2 00 3 00 p m or by appointment http moodle berea edu course view php id 272 MWF 1 00 1 50 a m in room 019 SC Tuesday 10 00 11 50 am in Room 027 SC Prerequisite MAT 012 CATALOG DESCRIPTION This course will explore topics in modern astronomy including the formation of the solar system the lives and deaths of stars the structure of the galaxy and the origin and evolution of the universe Both lecture and lab will emphasize a hands on approach to understanding the underlying physical principles that govern astronomy Three one hour lecture periods and one two hour laboratory each week Practical Reasoning with Quantitative Emphasis PRQ Course Fee 20 COURSE INTRODUCTION Astronomy is the science dealing with the sky the universe and all its contents Astronomy draws from physics chemistry geology and even biology but tends to have more of a bigpicture focus than any of the other physical sciences Syllabus Introduction To Astronomy Page 1 Astronomy is one of the most ancient of the sciences and was practiced in antiquity by cultures as diverse as the Babylonians Egyptians Greeks and Mayans Although the sky has changed little over the past few thousand years man s interpretations of what he sees has changed greatly We will explore the history of astronomy and thus the changes in mankind s thinking about the universe We will explore the sky and the motions of those objects visible to the unaided eye We will move on to discuss the nature of stars and their lifecycle We will explore the galaxies in which stars reside No scientific or mathematical background is assumed beyond the entrance requirements to the college Astronomy is a science however so you will be expected to develop your critical thinking skills in order to understand and apply the scientific method Modern astronomy is based on



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