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Welcome to Solar System Astronomy!. Syllabus. Contact Information Emily Howard (954) 201-4876 [email protected] Office 7/125 Office Hours: As Listed. Syllabus (cont.). COURSE DESCRIPTION:

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Syllabus (cont.)


  Primarily descriptive and conceptual study of the solar system and astronomical methods of general interest. Evening observing sessions in addition to the scheduled course hours may be required. An astronomy lab is recommended.

Prerequisite: none

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Syllabus (cont.)

  • Attendance is mandatory

  • August 25, 2006: 100% refund

  • October26, 2006: Transfer to Audit

  • Please inform if you know that you are going to be absent

  • Need documentation if you are absent

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Questions for the Day

  • What is Science?

  • What is Astronomy?

  • Why are you interested in Astronomy?

  • How do we model the sky?

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What is Science?

  • Science is the methodological study of systems.

  • Science studies these systems on why they work, how they work, and the relationship of these systems.

  • Science tries to ask questions that quantify the systems.

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Scientific Method

  • Brainstorm: Ask a Question

  • Hypothesis: Testable Question

  • Experiment: Testing the Question

  • Theory: A Repeatable Experiment

  • Law

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Types of Science

  • Physical Sciences

    • Studies how physical phenomena work.

  • Biological Sciences

    • Studies how biological phenomena work.

  • Social Sciences

    • Studies how social systems work.

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Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy

    • The study of how the planets, stars, galaxies, and universe work.

  • Physics

    • The general study of how systems work individually and in connection.

  • Chemistry

    • The study of how atoms combine and create compounds.

  • Earth Sciences

    • The study of how the Earth and its atmosphere works

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What is Astronomy?

  • The science of the study of physical properties of the planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe.

  • The word comes from “astro” meaning star and “nomos” meaning name in Latin.

  • Different from astrology, which was the study of the motionsof the celestial globe.

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Types of Astronomy

  • Observational

    • Observers at telescopes obtaining observations and modeling those observations.

  • Theoretical

    • Theoreticians at computers finding new models for the observations.

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Observational – Satellite Based


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Theoretical – Lead to Models…


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Why are you interested in Astronomy?

  • My Interests are:

    • Planetary Geology

    • Galactic Structure

    • Blazars

    • Creation of the Universe

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How do we model the sky?

  • We identify the parts.

  • We measure the angles.

  • We then notice the movement.

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Homework 1

  • Give a paragraph summary on the Planetarium show.

  • Choose a topic that interests you and write two sentences about for the first step of your final project.

  • Page 14, Conceptual Question 3