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Learning Recommendations:

  • Successful completion of SCI126 - Physics Laboratory Methods
  • Successful completion of SCI200 - Biology
  • Successful completion of MTH100 - Common Core Algebra 1and concurrent enrollment in MTH200 - Common Core Geometry or higher
  • Proficient in the use of computer software for word processing and data analysis via spreadsheets

General Description:

  • This is a year-long 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 sequence results
  • 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

Homework:  Students will complete homework via WebAssign, an online homework service. Homework for each unit will be posted at the beginning of each unit with assigned due dates. Each assignment should take a total of about one hour. With several days or weeks to complete each assignment. Students are expected to manage their time wisely in order to complete each assignment in a timely manner.

Course Fee/Materials:

  • Class Fee $20 to cover class materials including rocketry kit
  • 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