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Course Description

Telescope pointed towards a night sky

An introduction to astronomy, this course covers the solar system, the sun, stellar and galactic structure.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the construction of the solar system and how its internal motions are the result of simple laws.
  2. Identify the similarities and differences in the structure of the planets and their satellites and explain some of the things this tells us about the origin of the solar system.
  3. Understand the constitution of stars, their distances, energy source and evolution.
  4. Describe how stars are aggregated into galaxies and how the distribution of galaxies and other entities lead to a cosmological view of the nature and evolution of the universe as a whole.

Course Topics

  • The planets of the solar system and their motions
  • The Sun and the nature of stars
  • The distribution of stars and galaxies
  • The distribution of galaxies and cosmology

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): IPS*1500 or [(1 of PHYS*1010, PHYS*1070, PHYS*1080, PHYS*1130, PHYS*1300), (1 of MATH*1030, MATH*1080, MATH*1160, MATH*1200)]


Assessment Item Weight
Online Weekly Quizzes 20%
Practical Exercises (3) 20%
Midterm Exams (2) 20%
Online Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
General Astronomy
September 09, 2021 to December 03, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,908.38 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
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Section Notes

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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Universe by Roger Freedman, Robert Geller and William J. Kaufmann © 2019 W.H. Freeman and Co., New York 11th edition
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Optional) Package: Loose-Leaf Version for Universe + Achieve (1-term access) ISBN 9781319424466
  • e-book (Confirmed) (Optional) Achieve (1-term access) ISBN 9781319378530
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