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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 303 - Observational Astronomy

Students are trained to operate a small observatory, and to use CCD cameras to collect stellar photometry data. Formerly PHYS 201, students may not receive credit for both.

Prerequisites: PHYS 101, and either MATH 153 with a grade of C or higher or eligible for MATH 154 based on Math Placement Test.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify bright stars, asterisms & other celestial objects; apply an understanding of the celestial sphere model and the right ascension & declination coordinate system as appropriate to be effective at using small telescopes.
  • Set up and operate a small telescope and the associated equipment and software for both visual observation and acquisition of astronomical CCD images.
  • Obtain scientifically useful data using a telescope and CCD camera, including image acquisition, calibration frames, and image reduction.
  • Effectively operate a small observatory. Specifically, students will be able to operate the mechanical, electrical, electronic, computer, and software systems of a small observatory.
  • Practice carrying out the scientific process of astronomical inquiry from the idea & preparation stages through data analysis and final report of results.

Learner Outcomes Approval Date:

Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Spring Locations: Ellensburg

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