Fall 2011 Astronomy 110L Weds. 6:00 - 9:00 pm

This Astronomy 110L is a laboratory course that provides the essential contents of Astronomy 110 plus a heavy component of practical activities. It is designed to be self-contained, and therefore it can be taken without having been exposed to Astronomy 110. The practical objectives are to teach the night sky and the use of astronomical telescopes, and to perform some key astronomical observations and laboratory experiments. The idea is to use astronomy as a vehicle to introduce the philosophy and basic concepts of the scientific method. We emphasize the evolution of astronomical ideas and their logical connection to provide the basis for our present understanding of the universe. The class will meet at night, with frequent field trips to nearby observing sites. This course fulfills the Distribution Requirement for a Science Laboratory (DY).

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