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ASTR 115 The Solar System

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Minimum Grade for Prerequisites

Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.

Course Description

Study of the sun, planets, their moons, asteroids, and comets, as well as the age and formation of the solar system. Also covers the history of astronomy and the contributions of various cultures to astronomy. Emphasizes the connection between Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy to Kepler's laws of planetary motion. Discusses the results of interplanetary space probes and the discovery of extrasolar planets. Focuses on conceptual understanding of the solar system.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area E5a
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1), UC (IGETC Area 5A)