Astronomy 101 - Stellar and Galactic Astronomy - Christine Hirst Bernhardt
|Course:||Stellar and Galactic Astronomy|
|Professor:||Christine Hirst Bernhardt|
My name is Christine Hirst Bernhardt, and I will be your instructor. I am in the process of changing my name (hurray for pre-pandemic weddings), so you can address me as either Mrs. Hirst or Mrs. Bernhardt. Either is fine. I have taught at COC since 2015, and the Hart District since 2007. I also work with teachers at the NASA Endeavor Teaching Project, and through CSUN. I moved to Washington D.C in 2021 to work for the next in a Congressional office as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. The policy world is simultaneously exciting and exhausting. We decided to roll the cosmic dice and give life a try out here-and I transferred my PhD from UCSB to Maryland. Now I’m a Terrapin (I have the worst luck in mascots!). I hope that this course will be a great experience for you. I have taken many online courses and constantly adapt what I am doing to be reflective of new and emergent practices, tools, and the general pulse of my classes.
This course will allow you to take exploratory deep dives into various topics related to stellar and galactic astronomy within and outside our galaxy which is ultimately an opportunity to learn about our place in space. Learning about space and the Universe is my passion, and I am so excited to share this journey with you!
General (not exhaustive) list of topics
- Categorize stars and galaxies in our universe
- Apply physical laws to observed phenomena in space
- Examine the analysis of light, how light is used to explain star characteristics and track motions in space
- Inventory our solar neighborhood of stars and local galaxies
- Visualize and illustrate the life of a star
- Relate and analyze physical properties of stars
- Classify galaxies
- Generalize the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies
- Evaluate mechanisms driving the structure and fate of our universe
What to Expect in this Course
You only need high speed internet for this course. There will be:
4 modules, each with:
- 1-2 discussions per module, but you only need to complete 4 this term
- 1-2 assignments ("homework") per module
- Nearpod assignments-this is how I do traditional lecture in an online course. This is like an interactive opportunity for remote notes and lecture. There will be a few of these each module, for each topic.
- 1 exam
Work windows will open on Sunday or Monday of each week, and close within 7 days for each assignment. Exams will open Friday morning and will be open for 72 hours.
I drop the lowest exam and the lowest assignment score.
Types of Assessments
Online exams (30-40 questions)
Nearpod interactive notes (with embedded tasks, videos, questions)
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
All information online-OER
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You will be using Google Docs for my assignments. Please do not copy paste into word! This may adjust formatting and remove necessary links.
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Last updated: 10/12/2022 Sub#: 1498