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Solar System (lecture + lab) | ASTR | 1404
An introduction to present theories about the structure and evolution of the solar system, compared to other models and theories since antiquity. A survey of the Sun, planets, moons, rings, asteroids, comets and debris in our solar system. The possibility of life in the Universe. Laboratory topics include planetary, lunar and solar observations with telescopes and/or the naked eye; measurements of the gravitational constant, gravitational acceleration and the speed of light; analysis of spectra and spacecraft images; and impact cratering simulations. This course satisfies the Life and Physical Sciences or the Component Area Option of the HCC core.