Astronomy: Solar System - NAS 131 at Eastern Shore Community College

Effective: 2022-05-01

Course Description

Introduces astronomy of the solar system, including the Sun, planets, their satellites, and other solar system objects. Includes discussions of the development of astronomy through the ages, recent discoveries, and experience with the types of mathematical exercises and observational skills essential for an understanding of the fundamental principles of solar system astronomy. Assignments require fluency in arithmetic, unit conversion, basic algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. This course is cross-listed with PHY 141. Credit will not be awarded for both.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits

The course outline below was developed as part of a statewide standardization process.

General Course Purpose

NAS 131 promotes an interest in astronomy and physics and to provide students with a working knowledge of solar system astronomy. Students who have completed this course will understand and be able to use scientific reasoning and principles through the study of basic astronomy, and apply knowledge to a specific problem in a systematic manner.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

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