This one-semester course is a quantitative
survey of and introduction to the conceptual aspects
of astronomy. Student learning outcomes
are organized into six general topics:
Keep abreast of present-day discoveries and
developments in astronomy (current events).
Construct and use devices to measure the locations,
sizes, and be able to quantify conditions
on/of the celestial sphere (observational astronomy).
Develop and test physical models of the properties
of solar system bodies (planetology).
Apply universal laws of gravitation and motion, and
spectroscopy to remotely determine properties
of satellites, planets, and stars (astrometry).
Collect data, evaluate the data using error
analysis, draw conclusions from the data.
Explain the information in a laboratory report.