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Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy

Arizona State University via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
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  • Language English
  • Effort 24 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 8 weeks long

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This course is part of Global Freshman Academy (GFA), which means you can earn transferable ASU credit toward your college degree.

In this introductory 4-credit hour lecture and laboratory course, we will explore the origins, structure, contents, and evolution of our solar system and exosolar planetary systems. We will cover the history of astronomy, properties of light, instruments, the study of the solar system and nearby stars.

Throughout the course, we will learn about the Discovery Channel Telescope, the Lowell Observatory, the Challenger Space Center, and Meteor Crater, the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. We will also get a chance to virtually walk through the Lunar Exploration Museum and Arizona State University’s Moeur Building, home of the Mars Space Flight Facility where ASU scientists and researchers are using spacecraft instruments on Mars to explore the geology and mineralogy of the red planet.

This course satisfies the Natural Science — Quantitative (SQ) general studies requirement at Arizona State University. Introduction to Astronomy may satisfy a general education requirement at other institutions; however, it is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring the credit.

Taught by

Dr. Frank Timmes

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Finishing the course this week (Oct 2015). This is a great learning experience! Have you always been interested in Astronomy, but never knew where to start? Well, this is a good place to start. The course is crafted for beginners, with 0 experience or knowledge on the field. However, the most striking aspect, is the levelof engagement of the staff. They are constantly and quickly answering your questions on the forums.

But, don't be mislead. Labs do require you to solve Physics and Math equations at a very basic level, but I noticed that some people do struggle with them.

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Finishing the course this week (Oct 2015). This is a great learning experience! Have you always been interested in Astronomy, but never knew where to start? Well, this is a good place to start. The course is crafted for beginners, with 0 experience or knowledge on the field. However, the most striking aspect, is the levelof engagement of the staff. They are constantly and quickly answering your questions on the forums.

But, don't be mislead. Labs do require you to solve Physics and Math equations at a very basic level, but I noticed that some people do struggle with them.

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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
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Finishing the course this week (Oct 2015). This is a great learning experience! Have you always been interested in Astronomy, but never knew where to start? Well, this is a good place to start. The course is crafted for beginners, with 0 experience or knowledge on the field. However, the most striking aspect, is the levelof engagement of the staff. They are constantly and quickly answering your questions on the forums.

But, don't be mislead. Labs do require you to solve Physics and Math equations at a very basic level, but I noticed that some people do struggle with them.

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