Astronomy Courses at Foothill College
 
ASTRONOMY 10A GENERAL ASTRONOMY —
SOLAR SYSTEM
5 Units. Prerequisite: None.
Concurrent enrollment in ASTR 10L recommended. Five hours lecture. An introduction to astronomy, with emphasis on the planets, moons, and smaller bodies which make up our solar system, as well as the scientific search for life elsewhere in the universe. Topics include the nature of light, the atom, and telescopes, an examination of the planets and their moons and rings, the origin of the solar system, comets, asteroids, and meteors, catastrophic events (including the impact that may have killed the dinosaurs), the search for planets and life around other stars, the challenges of space travel, and modern views on extraterrestrial contact.
 
ASTRONOMY 10B GENERAL ASTRONOMY —
STELLAR SYSTEM
5 Units. Prerequisite: None.
Concurrent enrollment in ASTR 10L recommended. Five hours lecture. An introduction to astronomy, with emphasis on stars, galaxies, and the origin and evolution of the universe. Topics covered include the nature of light, atoms, and telescopes; the birth, evolution, and death of stars (including an introduction to black holes); the Milky Way Galaxy and its development over time; normal galaxies, active galaxies, and cannibal galaxies; and the Big Bang model (of the origin and ultimate fate of the cosmos). No background in science or math
is assumed.
 
ASTRONOMY 10L ASTRONOMY LABORATORY
1 Unit. Prerequisite: ASTR 10A or 10B (can be taken concurrently).
Three hours lecture-laboratory. A hands-on approach to astronomical data and equipment. Students will do experiments and observing projects about star and constellation finding, the phases of the Moon, seasons, the rotation, revolution, and sphericity of the Earth, the nature of light, the validity of astrology, etc.