GEO 105 - Astronomy
An introduction to general astronomy. Topics include: solar system, stellar energy, stellar evolution, galaxies, the universe and constellation identification. Three class hours. NOTE: Students who successfully complete GEO 105 may, with addition of GEO 115, complete the requirement of SUNY Natural Science General Education. GEO 115 may be taken concurrently or in a later semester, but the student will not have satisfied the SUNY requirement until both GEO 115 and GEO 105 are successfully completed. (SUNY-NS)
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Produce an accurate diagram of the Solar System.
2. Define the electromagnetic spectrum.
3. Apply Wien’s Law to determine relationships between wavelength and temperature.
4. Compare and contrast refracting and reflecting telescopes.
5. Use a star finder/planisphere to identify key locations in the night sky.
6. Explain the causes of eclipses and lunar phases.
7. Use the absolute and apparent magnitudes of a star to determine its distance.
8. Use Kepler's Second Law to determine the orbital radius or period of an object.
9. Classify different types of stars using a temperature-luminosity diagram.
10. Describe the physical features of the Sun.
11. Explain the process by which the Sun generates its heat.
12. Explain current theories regarding the fate of the Universe.
13. Describe the overall evolution of the Sun as a main sequence star.
Course Offered Fall and Spring