11th - 12th Grade
Credit - 1/2
Prerequisite: Freshman Physics and Chemistry, or departmental approval.
This one-semester course for juniors and seniors will capitalize on the students' inherent interest in the limitless universe that surrounds them. Study of the physical nature of objects in the universe and methods used by astronomers to understand them will be emphasized. Topics are selected from basic laws of nature, the Solar System, stars, nebulae, galaxies and cosmology. Observations will be made both by the individual student (motion of Earth, Sun, and phases of moon) and at night group outings with a telescope. This course meets one period per day with additional laboratory/field experiences planned outside of the regular school schedule.
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