NCHS Science Department - Mr. Timothy Haag
Grade: 11 - 12
Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisite: 1 credit Earth or a physical science, Algebra I, Geometry recommended
Credit: 0.5 per Semester
This course is intended for those students who have a general interest in astronomy as well as those who are serious amateurs. The purpose is to develop an understanding of the role astronomical observations have played in our past and what we are presently doing to understand our universe (black holes, time warps, quasars, etc.). Emphasis will be placed on the night sky that is observable in New Canaan, and this will be accomplished through extensive use of the planetarium as well as outdoor nighttime observations.
Students will be required to participate in several of these evening or early morning observations to supplement information obtained from the text and will vary depending on what is observable during the Semester. In addition, the students will be introduced to ongoing research projects that are being conducted by astronomers throughout the country and world. Some of the activities require mathematical calculations, but the procedures are such that students with some background in Algebra and Geometry will be able to accomplish.
Text: Astronomy: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe, 3rd Edition, Chaisson and McMillan.