This is an exciting course in which we explore our solar system (planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and trans-Neptunian objects). We review the latest discoveries from ground-based telescopes and from spacecraft missions. We also cover general astronomical concepts relevant to the study of the solar system, exoplanets, prospects for life elsewhere, and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.

In the process we learn about the scientific method and develop critical thinking skills, guided by active learning exercises, in-class demonstrations, and discussion sections. We focus on conceptual understanding and do not rely on advanced mathematics.

Our team is motivated to help you learn in a fun environment. We use in-class polling to encourage active learning and participation.

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Here is some infomation about the textbook.