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.

Briefly discuss these four facts as they relate to the Big Bang Theory, in four or more paragraphs.
For example, you can write how the BBT tries to account for these facts, or why these facts are currently considered "The Pillars of Modern Cosmology."
  1. The apparent expansion of the Universe.
  2. The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.
  3. The proportion of Hydrogen and Helium in the Universe.
  4. The evolution of the architecture of the galaxies.

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 a couple of FREE shows scheduled just for this course
(each the same show/choose one). Bring guests if you like.

Thursday Oct 27 at 7:30PM
Tuesday Nov 29 at 7:30PM

Here are the directions to find the planetarium.



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


  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.