P101 – Elementary Astronomy – 4 units
Recommendation: Eligible for level 2 English placement and Math P055.
Total lecture 54 hours, total laboratory 54 hours. An introduction to the origin, characteristics, and evolution of the solar system, the stars, the galaxies, and the universe. Historical milestones in the science of astronomy, from ancient astronomers to space probes of today. Consideration of the future of astronomical research and current theories in astronomy. The laboratory portion of the class includes an analysis of electromagnetic radiation, distance measurements, the principles of telescope construction, and the observation of constellations, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Approved for pass/no-pass grading option. (A/CSU/UC) PC-Area F; CSU-B1; CSU-B3; IGETC-5A; IGETC-5C