AST 109L - Planetary Astronomy Lab

Course Description

See AST 109 for course description.

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AST 109

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the scientific thinking process.
  • Describe the concept of seasonal changes on Earth.
  • Explain how to measure objects comparing size and distance.
  • Determine sizes and distances using indirect methods.
  • Utilize different methods of time and timekeeping.
  • Use co-ordinate systems for plotting and locating objects.
  • Explain motion of objects.
  • Determine optics and resolution.
  • Relate the process of science to its importance in the daily world.
  • Describe the history of discovery including changes from inductive to deductive reasoning.
  • Recognize that science is a "way of thinking" process.
  • Describe the cause and effect of positions and their locations as they appear in space.
  • Recognize the role of science by integrating historical, social and literature into their perspective.
  • Analyze physical data from observations to write scientific papers.
  • Utilize a variety of sources to make astronomical measurements.
  • Make predictions based upon all of the information gathered.
Human Dimension:
  • Work together in groups as well as individually during lab assignments.
  • Recognize the importance of collaboration and learn to utilize data from others.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Appreciate the concept that they are part of a larger universe.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Apply researching skills to areas of interest.