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Teaching Your First Astro 101 Course
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A simple zero-based course design process enables you to better organize your ...

A simple zero-based course design process enables you to better organize your Astro 101 course and make it more understandable to students. This process covers establishing teaching goals, developing core ideas, determining student outcomes, and assessing learning.

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Astronomy
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Stellar Education and Research
Introduction To Astronomy (ASTR 101)
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No Strings Attached
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This course provides an introduction to the universe beyond the Earth. We ...

This course provides an introduction to the universe beyond the Earth. We begin with a study of the night sky and the history of the science of astronomy. We then explore the various objects seen in the cosmos including the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the evolution of the universe itself. As an online course, it is equivalent to 6 lecture hours, and satisfies science requirements for the AA and AS degree. It is designed to be thorough enough to prepare you for more advanced work, while presenting the concepts to non-majors in a way that is meaningful and not overwhelming. We will consider the course a success if you have learned how to think about the universe critically in an organized, logical way, and to have enhanced your appreciation of the sky around us.

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Astronomy
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
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Syllabus
Provider:
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Provider Set:
Open Course Library
Cosmology and Astronomy: Detectable Civilizations in our Galaxy 2
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This 9-minute video lesson considers why we even care about the Drake ...

This 9-minute video lesson considers why we even care about the Drake Equation. It ponders the fraction of a planet's life when a civilization might be detectable. [Cosmology and Astronomy playlist: Lesson 60 of 85]

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Author:
Khan, Salman
Forecasting Dust Storms - Version 2
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Forecasting Dust Storms Version 2 provides background and operational information about dust ...

Forecasting Dust Storms Version 2 provides background and operational information about dust storms. The first part of the module describes dust source regions, the life cycle of a dust storm, and the major types of dust storms, particularly those found in the Middle East. The second part presents a process for forecasting dust storms and applies it to a case in the Middle East. Although the process refers to U.S. Department of Defense models and tools, it can easily be adapted to other forecast requirements and data sources. Note that this module is an updated version of the original one published in 2003.

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Cosmology and Astronomy: Cosmic Background Radiation (2)
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This 10-minute video lesson continues the discussion of cosmic background radiation. It ...

This 10-minute video lesson continues the discussion of cosmic background radiation. It looks at the redshift of the cosmic background Radiation. [Cosmology and Astronomy playlist: Lesson 12 of 85]

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Author:
Khan, Salman
Receivers, Antennas, and Signals, Spring 2003
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Detection and measurement of radio and optical signals encountered in communications, astronomy, ...

Detection and measurement of radio and optical signals encountered in communications, astronomy, remote sensing, instrumentation, and radar. Statistical analysis of signal processing systems, including radiometers, spectrometers, interferometers, and digital correlation systems. Matched filters and ambiguity functions. Communications channel performance. Measurement of random electromagnetic fields. Angular filtering properties of antennas, interferometers, and aperture synthesis systems. Radiative transfer and parameter estimation.

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Computer Science
Astronomy
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Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Staelin, David H.
Toward the Scientific Revolution, Fall 2003
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The emergence of Western science: the systematization of natural knowledge in the ...

The emergence of Western science: the systematization of natural knowledge in the ancient world, the transmission of the classical legacy to the Latin West, and the revolt from classical thought during the scientific revolution. Examines scientific concepts in light of their cultural and historical contexts.

Subject:
World Cultures
Astronomy
Physics
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Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kaiser, David
The Solar System, Spring 2006
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This is an introduction to the study of the solar system with ...

This is an introduction to the study of the solar system with emphasis on the latest spacecraft results. The subject covers basic principles rather than detailed mathematical and physical models. Topics include: an overview of the solar system, planetary orbits, rings, planetary formation, meteorites, asteroids, comets, planetary surfaces and cratering, planetary interiors, planetary atmospheres, and life in the solar system.

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Binzel, Richard
Learning from the Past: Drama, Science, Performance, Spring 2009
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" This class explores the creation (and creativity) of the modern scientific ...

" This class explores the creation (and creativity) of the modern scientific and cultural world through study of western Europe in the 17th century, the age of Descartes and Newton, Shakespeare, Milton and Ford. It compares period thinking to present-day debates about the scientific method, art, religion, and society. This team-taught, interdisciplinary subject draws on a wide range of literary, dramatic, historical, and scientific texts and images, and involves theatrical experimentation as well as reading, writing, researching and conversing. The primary theme of the class is to explore how England in the mid-seventeenth century became "a world turned upside down" by the new ideas and upheavals in religion, politics, and philosophy, ideas that would shape our modern world. Paying special attention to the "theatricality" of the new models and perspectives afforded by scientific experimentation, the class will read plays by Shakespeare, Tate, Brecht, Ford, Churchill, and Kushner, as well as primary and secondary texts from a wide range of disciplines. Students will also compose and perform in scenes based on that material."

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Philosophy
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Henderson, Diana
Sonenberg, Janet
Recreate Experiments from History: Inform the Future from the Past: Galileo, January IAP 2010
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"2010 marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's astonishing sightings of features on ...

"2010 marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's astonishing sightings of features on the moon, stars, and moons around Jupiter that no one had seen before. Recreate these new ways of seeing and exploring from the materials and techniques Galileo had on hand, while you reflect on the times and works of Galileo. What was it like to improvise new ways of seeing and exploring from the materials and techniques on hand? What do we notice? What surprises us? How can we relate to past experience and ideas? What are we curious to research? How does our experimenting grow into our learning? Let your own curiosity drive your explorations."

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Arts and Humanities
Astronomy
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Cavicchi, Elizabeth