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 Climate Change · Part One
 Climate Change · Part Two
 Introduction to Astronomy

      Introduction to Astronomy Syllabus

  1.0 Introduction
         · 1.1 - Disc. of the Field of Astronomy
         · 1.2 - Important Units of Measurement
         · 1.3 - Overview of the Course

    2.0 - How Science is Done
    3.0 - The Big Bang
    4.0 - Discovery of the Galaxy
    5.0 - Age and Origin of the Solar System
    6.0 - Methods of Observational Astronomy
    7.0 - The Life-Giving Sun
    8.0 - Planets of the Solar System
    9.0 - The Earth in Space
    10.0 - The Search for Extrasolar Planets
    11.0 - Modern Views of Mars
    12.0 - Universe Endgame

 Life in the Universe

 Glossary: Climate Change
 Glossary: Astronomy
 Glossary: Life in Universe

Overview of the Course Structure and Objectives

What will you, the student, gain from this course? Below are outlined the general course objectives:
  1. You will be able to describe the Big Bang and the origin of the elements.
  2. You will be able to explain the age and origin of the Solar System and illustrate differences between Earth and other planets in the Solar System.
  3. You will be able to describe the basic tools used in observational astronomy and the methods astronomers use to determine the distances to the stars.
  4. You will be able to summarize conditions necessary for life and to assess scientific evidence for life on other planets.
  5. Best of all, you will able to intelligently read an article about astronomy in a magazine or newspaper and explain to somebody else.
Good luck in your journey across space and time!

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