Pre-requisiteSuccessful completion of Biology in Earth Systems and Physical Science (Chemistry or Physics)
Expectations: Requires students to participate in on and off campus remote-site nighttime laboratory sessions each quarter and as special events occur, complete project based optical fabrication of Newtonian telescope and repeat daytime/nighttime astronomical observations, data collection, analysis and presentations.
Course Description: This course is designed to be a stand-alone class studying the astronomical universe and our place in it. Astrophysics applies the accepted rules and laws of physics and chemistry to explain the nature of our solar system, galaxy, interstellar medium and macro features of our universe and the objects contained within it. Emphasis will center on the use of investigative physics tools including the role of gravity, electromagnetism, particle/nuclear interactions and einsteinium relativity and their foundations throughout the cosmos. Astronomical material included will focus on our earth as a planet, conditions and mechanics of our solar system, measurement systems to stretch our understanding throughout the familiar areas of the Milky Way Galaxy and move outward to our present day understanding of the large-scale features and theories of cosmology. This is a lab-centered class where you will explore your own observational telescopic data as well as the latest research from professional sources to unravel the latest theories on how the universe works. Optical construction of Newtonian reflecting telescopes will be completed by the end of the year.
School countryUnited States
School / district Address1401 Artesia Blvd
School zip code90266
Requested competency codeLab Science
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