An introduction to the models and nomenclature of modern astronomy with emphasis on conceptual as well as mathematical comprehension. The history of astronomy and its impact on thought and culture, the description of the instruments and techniques of modern astronomy, and the interpretation of information gained by such is emphasized. The history and composition of our solar system, the evolution of stars and other stellar objects, the formation and structure of galaxies, and the probable origin of the universe itself are described through theories of
modern physics and cosmology.
Intended Outcomes of Astronomy
By the end of this course, you will have met these outcomes from the list of SNU General Education Learning Outcomes that state, “SNU students...”
Intro to Astronomy online should be a great experience for you as long as you follow some important guidelines and expectations.
Note: When the class is offered during the regular semester, sometimes your professor will offer a proctored session on campus - once per test. Please check your emails regularly to know when those are scheduled.
Overview of Course Assignments
Course tests and quizzes (40% of the course grade, proctored tests)
Test 1 - Constellations and Coordinate Systems; Planetary and Solar Motion, History and Physics of Astronomy; the Earth; the Moon
Test 2 - Asteroids and Comets; The Planets; The Sun; The Stars; Lives and Deaths of Stars; Galaxies and Beyond
Light Pollution Assignment and Paper (15%)
This lab gives you opportunity to go outside and observe the darkness of the sky from three different locations.
Stellarium Workbook (15%)
This workbook uses the Stellarium planetarium software, available for free from the web. Stellarium is a great venue to reinforce many of the concepts you learn in class. It makes astronomy "come alive" on your computer. This is a tool you will literally use for the rest of your life, even if only occasionally.
Participation in forums and online tutorials (15%)
You will be given a summative grade at the end of the course that reflects your online participation in forums in communicating with your peers. Your professor will provide assignment prompts with which to respond.
Course Assignments and Worksheets (15%)
You may have up to 16 assignments throughout the course. Most are worth 10 points but a few are worth 5 points. You can do as many as you want to earn a maximum of 100 points. This is a great way to improve your course grade. The list below is somewhat tentative - a few assignments may change according to course resources, etc.
1. Construct a Zodiac band and take the online quiz
2. Build an Altazimuth globe, upload a picture and take the online quiz
3. Build a celestial globe, upload a picture and take the online quiz
4. Complete the Equatorial Map and take the online quiz
5. Build a star clock and take the online quiz
6. Complete the Motion of the Sun activity and take the online quiz
7. Watch the planetary position tutorial and take the online quiz
8. Watch Interior Motive video and complete the worksheet
9. Construct the moon phases flip-book
10. Complete the moon orrery/horizon sketch worksheet
11. Complete Moons of Jupiter worksheet
12. Watch the Infrared Video and complete the worksheet
13. Complete the Atomic Spectra Worksheet
14. Watch the Star Salesman video and complete worksheet
15. Complete the Solar Scramble
16. Complete the Life and Death of Stars activity
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