Jan 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

AST 101 - Solar System Astronomy

Class: 3 Lab: 3 Credits: 4
This course is a descriptive survey of the universe with emphasis on basic physical concepts and the objects in the solar system. Related topics of current interest are included in the course.

Prerequisite(s): Take MAT 102  or MAT 103  and ENG 100 , RDG 100  with a minimum grade of C.
Course Topics:
  • Our Place in the Universe
  • Discovering the Universe for Yourself
  • The Science of Astronomy
  • Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity
  • Light: The Cosmic Messenger
  • Formation of Planetary Systems: Our Solar System and Beyond
  • Earth and the Terrestrial Worlds
  • Jovian Planet System
  • Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: Their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts

Textbook information can be found on the Book Inn Web site
Required Materials:
  • Scientific, graphic calculator (TI series)
  • MasteringAstronomy.com student access kit
  • Voyager: SkyGazer College Edition v3.7 CD-ROM, 4/E

Grading System:
A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 60 - 69
F 0 - 59
Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe our origin and place in the universe, and cosmic scale in time and space.
  2. Describe night sky patterns of celestial objects, phase of moon, eclipses, and seasons.
  3. Describe the historical development of astronomy and the physical laws for the formation and movements of astronomical objects.
  4. Describe the property of telescope and how light used for the observation of distant objects.
  5. Describe the origin of the solar formation and evolution and methods for the search for exoplanets.
  6. Describe the structures, compositions, motions of Jovian and Terrestrial planets, and the motion, compositions and locations of leftover planetesimals in solar formation.
  7. Use computer software to identify celestial objects and simulate celestial movements.

For SCC Online Courses:
If the course you are taking is online, please review the SCC Online Policies that include:

  • Required materials for all online courses
  • Mandatory Attendance Requirement
  • Proctored Exams

Face Covering Requirements:
All faculty, staff and students must wear a face mask/covering at all times (absent a medical condition) on all SCC campuses when safe social distancing measures are not possible or difficult to follow. For further details, refer to the Student Guidelines for Face Coverings and Social Distancing on the SCC Coronavirus COVID-19 Information page.
Standard SCC Course Policies:
Please review the Standard SCC Course Polices on the following topics:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Academic Misconduct
  • Add/Drop period
  • Appeals Process
  • Class Attendance
  • Classroom Behavior (traditional and online)
  • Classroom Conduct/Expectations
  • Lab Procedures (general SCC policy regarding this)
  • Online Confidentiality
  • Services For Students with Disabilities
  • Withdrawal Policy

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