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2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
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ASTR 139 - Astronomy Laboratory

Units: 1 ; Breadth Area: GE-B3
Laboratory exploration of the visible universe, includes; motion of the moon, planets and stars, the use of light and spectroscopy to understand astronomical objects and telescope operation.  Night observations are included.  Intended to accompany ASTR 138 or ASTR 339. Formerly PHYS 139.

Prerequisites: Completion of G.E. area B1.
Possible Instructional Methods: On-ground or Online-Asynchronous.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-B3 - Lower Division Laboratory Activity
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring

Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. describe the basic telescope designs of an optical telescope and how it is used. 

2. summarize the movements of stars, planets and other bodies of the celestial sphere. 

3. observe objects and be able to locate them in the sky during a given season and cardinal direction information. 

4. describe the use of spectroscopy in understanding the chemical makeup of astronomical objects and the use of     spectroscopy in measuring the speed of astronomical objects.

5. understand and demonstrate historically significant astronomical measurements. 

6. be proficient at using online resources such as star maps and planetarium programs.

B3. Laboratory Activity Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply their knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about the physical and sciences through laboratory activities;
  2. apply their understanding of scientific practices, including the scientific method in a laboratory setting; and
  3. demonstrate accepted standards and ethics associated with scientific inquiry, while completing laboratory activities.

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