Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies - NAS 132 at Southwest Virginia Community College

Effective: 2022-05-01

Course Description

Introduces astronomy of the stars, including the Sun, celestial objects, stellar formation and death and cosmology, and the study of the universe as a whole. Includes discussions of the development of astronomy through the ages, recent discoveries and experience with the types of mathematical principles employed and the astronomical observational skills essential for an understanding of the fundamental principles of astronomy and cosmology. Assignments require fluency in arithmetic, unit conversion, basic algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. This course is cross-listed with PHY 142. 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 132 promotes an interest in astronomy and physics and provides students with a working knowledge of stellar and galactic astronomy. Students who complete this course will understand and be able to use scientific reasoning and principles through the study of basic astronomy, and to apply knowledge to a specific problem in a systematic manner.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

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