Fees: See Equipment list below

Learning Recommendations:

General Description:

  • This is a yearong laboratory course which serves as a science elective
  • Students will be investigating the wonders of our solar system, observing the phenomena of the stars, and exploring the mysteries of the galaxies and cosmos
  • Emphasis on lab skills and inquiry investigation
  • Emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving via engineering
  • Throughout this course, students¬†will learn how basic physics and math can come together to help them¬†understand the universe. Thus, quantitative science and math skills should be considered when enrolling.

Content: Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing:

  • Methods and application of physical measurement
  • History of Astronomy
  • Space exploration and rocketry (if time allows)
  • Formation of the solar system and its bodies
  • Characteristics of stars
  • Emission/absorption spectra
  • Concepts of fusion reactions
  • Main sequence evolution
  • Post Main sequenceresults
  • Galaxy morphology
  • The history of the universe and its evidence
  • As time allows: special topics and current events in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Skills taught in this course include:

  • Increased proficiency in inquiry, engineering, and guided laboratory explorations
  • Expanded problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Data analysis and graphing techniques
  • Communication through scientific reading and writing

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Inquiry, engineering, and guided laboratory explorations
  • Visually enhanced lecture/discussions
  • Interactive class and small group discussions and practice
  • Inquiry-based self-paced tutorials and learning opportunities
  • Interactive student and teacher led demonstration and computer simulations
  • Student project and research with emphasis on scientific communication

Equipment to be provided by student:

  • WebAssign: $10.50 - 15.50 + tax (based on adopted text)
    • Used for graded homework and online assessments
    • Already used in general and IB physics courses
  • Rocketry Kit: ~$15 + shipping (if time allows)
    • Fulfills engineering requirements for NGSS
    • Students will keep rocket after they complete launch and formal lab report
  • Student Supplied Equipment (day-to-day needs):
    • Space in a 3-ring notebook/folder
    • Loose leaf notebook and graph paper
    • Composition notebook dedicated to Astronomy
    • Scientific calculator
    • Metric ruler
    • Personal tape dispenser
    • Multiple colors of ink pens, highlighters, pencils AND erasers