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Course: Astronomy

V Astronomy • Offering for 2017 • Grade 10 or above • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
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Section 1 Instructor: Christe McMenomy
Classes meet from September 5, 2017 to June 1, 2018
Wednesday 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Year Only
Tuition: $450.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Astronomy website.
* Description
Introduction to the principles of modern astronomy, including basic constellation recognition, apparent motions of celestial objects, development of the Copernican model of the solar system, telescope optics, characteristics of solar system planets, stellar structure and life cycles, and current theories on the origin of the universe.

This course is taught using the Scholars Online Chat software, which allows the teacher to embed graphics, mathematical equations, and movies in the chat session, with complete logging available for the entire year. Audio software is not used to allow students with limited internet access to participate fully, and to encourage precise thinking and writing skills.

* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Students read one chapter per week from a college-level introductory astronomy textbook, and perform a set of 9-12 exercises, many of which involve mathematical calculation. Quizzes are taken weekly. Students also prepare a term paper on some aspect of modern astronomy each semester, and take a comprehensive semester examination.
* Prerequisites
Students should have completed Algebra I and be able to solve the quadratic formula, calculate areas and volumes, and be comfortable with exponential notation. Concepts using logarithms will be presented as part of the course.
* Recommended background
Astronomy is not generally offered at the high school level, so this course gives students a unique option to broaden science curriculum. It is particularly appropriate for students who have completed Biology or Natural Science but have not yet taken the pre-calculus math required for AP/Honors Chemistry or Physics. It is also an excellent opportunity for seniors who have completed a biology-chemistry-physics sequence to apply their skills in a different area.
* Instructor's Notes
Lab exercises and observing session suggestions are presented for each week's chapter, but are not required for completion of the course. Students completing at least 15 lab exercises will receive lab credit; labs may be completed over the summer to accommodate weather conditions and best opportunities for observing planets and deep-sky objects.
V Textbooks and Materials
* Universe (Edition: 10)
Roger A. Freedman, robert M. Geller, William J. Kaufmann III
This text is required.
ISBN: 1319042384
Publisher's website: Universe
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore


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