Jun 24, 2024  
RCC Catalog 2023-2024 
RCC Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GS 107 - Physical Science: Astronomy

3 Credit(s)

Prerequisite(s): GS 104  and GS 104L  or MTH 111Z  or MTH 112Z  or MTH 251  

Corequisite(s): GS 107L  

Course Description: Discusses topics of astronomy including comets, moons, planets, stars, the sun, star galaxies, black holes, pulsars, and quasars. Students must enroll in lecture and laboratory sections.

Course Level: Lower Division Collegiate

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • CLO#1: Apply algebra, dimensional analysis and logical reasoning to solve astronomy problems.
  • CLO#2: Apply concepts of force to explain how gravity and heat keep a star stable in hydrostatic equilibrium.
  • CLO#3: Categorize stars into the appropriate class (e.g., black hole vs a supernova).
  • CLO#4: Calculate the expected lifetime of a star. (ILO: Quantitative Literacy & Reasoning)
  • CLO#5: Compare the rocky planets to the gas planets.

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