PHY 150 - Elements of Astronomy at Southwest Virginia Community College

Course Description

Effective: 2014-01-01

Covers history of astronomy and its recent developments. Stresses the use of astronomical instruments and measuring techniques and includes the study and observation of the solar system, stars, and galaxies.
4 Credits. Lecture 3 hours. Lab 3 hours. Total 6 hours.
4 credits

General Course Purpose

This course serves as a one-semester laboratory science course for non-science majors and as a science elective for science majors. The topics covered are taught from a scientific perspective, with a focus on physics, geology and chemistry. Philosophical notions about the universe that have existed throughout history to the present day will be contextualized into a cosmological understanding of the vastness of space and time. This course, in conjunction with NAS 125 (which we recommend be updated to PHY 155) Meteorology, may fulfill the requirement as a one-year lab science course for non-science majors.

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