STUDENT LEARNER OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:
- Describe and discuss the development of astronomy from its beginning to the present.
- Differentiate between geocentric and heliocentric models of the universe.
- Describe the concepts of parallax, precession, retrograde motion, and epicycles.
- Describe and discuss Kepler's laws.
- Describe and discuss Newton's laws of motion.
- Differentiate between mass and weight.
- Describe the types of orbits.
- Discuss the significance of Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation.
- Describe the electromagnetic spectrum.
- Discuss the relationship between temperature and emission of light.
- Compare and contrast emission and absorption of light energy.
- Compare and contrast reflecting and refracting telescopes.
- Define magnification, resolution, and light-gathering power.
- Calculate the magnification power of a telescope.
- Describe and discuss the structure, composition and processes of the sun.
- Differentiate between apparent and absolute magnitude.
- Describe how measurements of mass, temperature, distance, and composition are made for distant stars.
- Describe Doppler shift and how it is used to indicate relative motions.
- Describe and discuss the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.
- Describe and discuss stellar evolution.
- Describe and differentiate between white dwarfs, black dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes.
- Describe the Milky Way Galaxy.
- Compare and contrast population I and population II stars.
- Describe the classification system for galaxies.
- Discuss the red shift of galaxies and Hubble's Law.
- Contrast mythological and modern cosmology.
- Describe and discuss the Big Bang theory.
- Describe the general theory of relativity and its significance to the structure of the universe.
- Describe the atmosphere, surface, and internal structure of the earth.
- Describe and discuss the theory of plate tectonics.
- Describe and discuss the phases of the moon, and when lunar and solar eclipses could occur.
- Describe the surface features of the moon, its synchronous rotation, and lunar structure.
- Compare and contrast the planets and other members of the solar system.
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