Astronomy is a laboratory course and is designed to teach the student to develop a clear understanding of the universe, Milky Way, stars, solar system, and the Earth’s position in these. The student studies the formation of the solar system, workings of the sun, comparison of planets, orientation and placement of the Earth in the Milky Way galaxy, formation of galaxies, theories about cosmology, the Big Bang, and the possibility of life in the universe. The history and development of astronomy, the major tools, including ground-based and space-based telescopes, spectroscopy, are investigated intensely. Astronomy uses algebra and geometry to support a deeper understanding of celestial mechanics, Kepler’s and Newton’s laws, and methods of measuring stars. The student studies the life cycles of stars, including stellar evolution, supernovae, neutron stars, and black holes. The student examines scientific thinking and practices and how science impacts individuals and society. Literacy strategies (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, research) are integrated throughout the curriculum. A variety of labs, projects, field trips, and the use of the Internet supplement the class activities.

Would you like to learn more about the universe such as galaxies, stars, and the earth’s position in these entities?
• Formation of the solar system and galaxies with current theories
• Workings of a star and comparison of planets
• Theories of the cosmos
• History and development of astronomy
• This course is project driven and uses a variety of learning methods to develop a more expansive understanding of astronomy.

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Full Year
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1.0 Strand C Science credit OR dual enrollment credit
Recommended: Successful completion of Algebra I and Chemistry
Session II
Periods 6 and 7 12:30-1:50pm Monday through Friday