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AST 102 - Stellar Astronomy

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

Prerequisite(s): Take AST 101  with a minimum grade of “C”.
Course Topics:

  • Our Star
  • Surveying the Stars
  • Star Stuff
  • The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard
  • Our Galaxy
  • Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology
  • Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe
  • The Beginning of Time
  • Life in the Universe

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 the Sun’s structure, compositions, energy source and its mechanism, surface phenomena, and connection to Earth.
  2. Describe the property of stars and star clusters, patterns in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, the life cycle of a star about star birth, evolution and death, and how mass of star determines its fate.
  3. Describe the consequences of stellar life, the star’s basic properties and structure, and evolution of galaxies.
  4. Describe the structure and motion and history of our galaxy, Milky Way galaxy, and the various techniques used by astronomers to determine the distance.
  5. Describe the dark matter and dark energy, structure formation and fate of the universe, and the large cosmological model.
  6. Retrace the origin of life on earth, and describe efforts in the search for life elsewhere in the universe.
  7. Use computer software to identify celestial objects and simulate celestial movements.

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