ASTRON-100 - Survey of our Universe - Prof. Jobe
|Course:||Survey of our Universe|
Hello and welcome aboard! My name is Corinna Jobe and I will be your online guide as we navigate the amazing science of astronomy. We will have lots of exciting things to discuss and learn about! Astronomy is a rich and dynamic field that includes topics such as stellar life cycles, planetary formation, the Big Bang, galactic dynamics, exoplanets, and the ultimate fate of the Universe. Hopefully you are as excited about this journey through the stars and galaxies as I am!
While we may not fully answer the big philosophical questions of "how did we get here?" and "are we alone?", we'll definitely discuss them. Really, the purpose of this course is to give you not just the specific knowledge of what's out there in our universe, but how we figured it all out and even how we think it came to be there in the first place-- and that includes us!
More specifically, we will survey the content and dynamics of the solar system; the earth and its motions; time and the calendar; moon, eclipses, and tides; physics of the sun, planets, comets and meteorites, including their dynamical aspects and motions. We'll cover the principles, logic, and development of stellar astronomy, as well as physics of the stars, stellar type populations, stellar evolution, black holes (a student favorite!), supernovae, and other fascinating phenomena in the universe. Stellar organizations, galaxies, and cosmology are also included.
What to Expect in this Course
This journey of ours is a fully online course. This means that all course materials and all interaction will be through the Canvas course site. If you have not used Canvas before, don't worry. Canvas is fairly easy to navigate and COC has online videos and help to get you started. Please see the end of this letter if you need more information about Canvas.
The biggest thing you need to bring is your curiosity, but of course we'll need more than that. Be sure to pack the following:
- OpenStax: Astronomy, by Fraknoi, Morrison & Wolff (this is a FREE online text)
- Note-taking materials such as a computer, paper, pencils or pens
- Regular access to a computer with Internet access
We will be learning about some truly beautiful astronomical phenomena, so we will of course be looking at lots of lovely photos and illustrations. But we'll have to do work as well, so along the way we will be doing weekly readings, homeworks, and activities. You will be helping each other through the assignments via the course discussion boards (with my supervision of course.) Because of this, I expect all students to be active learners, to answer questions posed to them, to help fellow students, and to work in cooperative groups as assigned.
To check your mastery of the material, we will have weekly quizzes and approximately monthly midterms. Please see the course syllabus for a detailed outline of the weekly course expectations and overall course schedule.
Types of Assessments
Online Midterm and Final exams, weekly quizzes, online discussion boards covering activities, and optional written assignments
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Our textbook is the OpenStax Astronomy textbook that can be found FREE here: https://openstax.org/details/books/astronomy.
Other Relevant Course Information
If you are on the waitlist or need to add the class, please email me for help adding the course.
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
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- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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Last updated: 08/14/2022 Sub#: 1457