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 New Astronomy Course

​We are very excited to announce that as of Fall 2017, we will be offering the course 'Introduction to Astronomy'! The local star observatory is currently moving into the Theodore building, which means that students in this course will have some great facilities to work with. In this link​, you can hear dr. Leo de Wit talk (in Dutch) to 'Omroep Zeeland' about this new development.

The formal course description is still in the making, but the preliminary description is as follows:

SCI 122 Introduction to Astronomy – Dr. A. Brooks 

This course will present an introduction to astronomy and cover the following topics: science and the universe, observing the sky, orbits and gravity, radiation and spectra, astronomical instruments, the Solar System, comets and asteroids, the Sun a nuclear powerhouse, stars and analyzing starlight, black holes and curved spacetime, the Milky Way Galaxy, the evolution and distribution of galaxies, the Big Bang, and life in the Universe. Some course materials will be derived from the OpenStax book on Astronomy available for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11992/1.8. Emphasis will be more on conceptual, as contrasted with mathematical, comprehension. 

There will be several laboratory exercises which will make use of computer simulations. Some of these exercises will involve rudimentary programming in Python. A minimum of two evening observing sessions are planned involving the use of binoculars and/or small telescopes. 

This course is designed to be accessible to non-Science majors.