GS 107 Astronomy Course Outcomes

GS 107 Astronomy

Course Outcomes

Upon completing this course a student should be able to:

  • Describe and explain the observed daily and long-term motion of objects (sun, moon, planets, stars).
  • Sketch the ecliptic and identify locations of the sun, moon and planets for various times of the year.
  • Assign correct values for right ascension and declination for each of the items above.
  • Explain how astronomical distances are determined using parallax and luminosity techniques.
  • Sketch and explain the relationships of objects in solar and lunar eclipses. This includes partial, total and annular eclipses.
  • Use a star chart with planets to sketch the relative positions of sun, moon, planets and constellations.
  • Discuss the contributions of Ptolemny, Copenicus, Kepler, Tycho, Galileo and Newton to astronomy.
  • How continuous and non-continuous spectra are formed. How spectra can be used to identify elements, temperature, and radial velocity.
  • Discuss the general structure of the solar system, especially commenting on the patterns within that structure.
  • Show how the structure of the solar system can be used to evaluate various theories of planetary evolution.
  • Identify the balance between radiation and gravity in various types of stars, and relate this to the aging process.
  • Sketch the H-R Diagram, and use this to determine distance and discuss the evolution of a stellar object.
  • Discuss binary stars and how they can be used to determine masses of stars, and diameters of stars.
  • Show how novas, supernovas, neutron stars, white dwarfs, red giants, and black holes relate to stellar masses and ages.
  • Sketch a Hubble diagram, and show how this information is consistent with the "Big Bang" cosmology