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Expanded Course Description
The course is an introduction to the science of astronomy for non-science majors with an emphasis on the exploration of the Solar System. The past 20 years has seen an explosion in our understanding of the contents, formation and evolution of the Solar System, mainly due to numerous NASA missions/probes to eight of the nine planets. The study of the characteristics of the other planets has provided tremendous insight into the understanding of how our own planet (Earth) operates and changes under mankind's influence. The purpose of this course is to educate the student on the basic science behind our exploration of the Solar System so you may make informed choices as future/current voters on issues of our environment and the future of science in this country.
The specific goals of this class are to 1) To gain an understanding of basic science that underlies astronomy (the forum is the exploration of our Solar System), 2) to explore the properties of the objects that make up our Solar System, and 3) to achieve an understanding of how the evolution of other planets has an impact on how we make choices to manage our own environment. In addition, this course traces the history of our developing knowledge of the Solar System in order to explore how the scientific method works and how civilization has gained from the progress of science and technology. The interplay between technology (telescopes, robotic space probes) and knowledge gained about the Solar System is a key theme to the course.