WCC ASTR& 100 - INTRO TO ASTRONOMY

All students please read the course syllabus carefully. To see the assignments, click on the appropriate unit below. They will be made available one at a time, at the start of each week during the course.

WEEK TEXTBOOK UNITS

SUBJECT MATERIAL

Week 1 Assignments
due Mon Oct 3
11, 12, 21, 22, 29 History, Planet Motion, Gravity, Light, Telescopes
Week 2 Assignments
due Mon Oct 10
5, 6, 8 How Science Works, Night Sky, Sun & Moon Motion
Week 3 Assignments
due Mon Oct 17
49 to 51 Our Sun, Star Properties
Week 4 Assignments
due Mon Oct 24
55, 58 to 63 Formation & Structure of Stars
Week 5 Assignments
due Mon Oct 31
64 to 66 Stellar Evolution, Death, Remnants
Week 6 Assignments
due Mon Nov 7
70 to 73, 76 to 82 Milky Way & Other Normal Galaxies, Cosmology
Week 7 Assignments
due Mon Nov 14
76 to 82 Active Galaxies, Cosmology, Big Bang
Week 8 Assignments
due Mon Nov 21
33, 41, 45 to 48 Formation of Our Solar System, Debris
Week 9 Assignments
due Mon Nov 28
35 to 40, 43, 44, 83, 84 Planets, Life in the Universe

IMPORTANT SOURCES

  1. Books and magazines in the WCC library.
  2. This list of websites.
  3. APOD Astronomy Picture of the Day.
  4. Skywise Unlimited The Instructor's Astronomy Pages.

Introduction to Astronomy is a 5-credit, non-lab course that provides an introduction to astronomy. The course meets distribution requirements for the AA degree.

Completing assignments for this course will require finding sources outside the textbook.

The course lasts nominally 10 weeks, and we will cover new content each calendar week.  Each weekly assignment will include some discussion questions to answer, and a multiple choice quiz.

The Final Examination will be distributed in class but is a take-home test. I encourage you to work in groups on the final exam.  Class time during the final week will be available for this exam. I will only answer questions concerning definition or clarity regarding the questions on the final exam, not help with choosing answers.