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.

Attend for extra credit
You can go to a public show by buying a ticket. Start here: http://www.wwu.edu/planetarium/schedule.shtml

OR... There are also FREE shows scheduled just for this course
(each the same show/choose one). Bring guests if you like.

Wed May 31 at 6PM
Thu Jun 8 at 6PM
Mon Jun 12 at 6PM

Here are the directions to find the planetarium.



Week 1 Assignments
due Mon Apr 17
11, 12, 21, 22, 24, 25 History, Planet Motion, Gravity, Light, Telescopes
Week 2 Assignments
due Mon Apr 24
4, 5, 6, 8 How Science Works, Night Sky, Sun & Moon Motion
Week 3 Assignments
due Mon May 1
51, 52, 53, 54 Our Sun, Star Properties
Week 4 Assignments
due Mon May 8
56, 59 to 62 Formation & Structure of Stars
Week 5 Assignments
due Mon May 15
65 to 69 Stellar Evolution, Death, Remnants
Week 6 Assignments
due Mon May 22
70 to 73 Milky Way
Week 7 Assignments
due Mon May 31
75 to 83 Galaxies, Cosmology, Big Bang
Week 8 Assignments
due Mon Jun 5
34 to 37, 39, 43, 49, 50 Formation of Our Solar System
Week 9 Assignments
due Mon Jun 12
85, 86 Planets, Life in the Universe


  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.