This course meets all graduation and university admission criteria for physical science.
This course is a hands-on, inquiry based laboratory course that will introduce students to concepts in Astronomy while exploring the fundamental principles that govern the physical universe. The course will emphasize the processes of science including observation and experimentation, gathering and evaluating data, interpreting scientific data, searching for patterns, developing and interpreting models, making conclusions based on evidence, and communication of scientific process, ideas and conclusions. The course will highlight the historical development of scientific thinking, cumulative nature of scientific evidence and the evolution of our current understanding of the physical universe. The topics covered in this course include, the scientific process, celestial motions, history of Astronomy, planetary mechanics, the nature of light, telescopes, survey of the solar system, detail study of our Moon and Mars, our Sun as a star, properties of stars, stellar evolution, galaxies and cosmology.