Course Registration No. SCI-729

COURSE OVERVIEW


Designed as part of Greek Studies I, B Track.  
Astronomy I & II: Two-part, full-year course.  Weeks 1-7 discuss the Church's approach to cosmology with Mary O. Daly's Creator and Creation 3e alongside Br. Guy Consolmagno's Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist, a lively and enjoyable book that exposes the absurdity of modern media's claim that religion and science are at war. Starting Week 8 we explore the design of the universe with The Essential Cosmic Perspective 5e. The text introduces to the student key physics concepts and the nature and size of celestial bodies in our solar system and beyond. The beauty of the heavens comes to life with the text's gorgeous pictures and top-notch diagrams. The Essential Cosmic Perspective 5e is a lower division college text for non-math majors, which makes strong reading skills a prerequisite for this course.

 

 

BOOKS AND MATERIALS


Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist [ORDER USED]

  • Author: Br. Guy Consolmagno
  • Publisher/Copyright: New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2001. Print.
  • ISBN: 0071372318        978-0071372312
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

229 pages; non-consumable

 

 

Creator and Creation, 3rd Edition

  • Author: Mary O. Daly
  • Publisher/Copyright: 3rd ed. Garretson, SD: Ye Hedge School, 2006. Print.
  • ISBN: unassigned        
  • Supplier: Catholic Heritage Curricula

(Also available from www.hedgeschool.com); Nihil Obstat; 119 pages; 4 part discussion; annotated bibliography, appendix (includes John Paul II on evolution), index. As of 2014, the product is only available as a file download.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Edition

  • Author: U.S. Catholic Church
  • Publisher/Copyright: 2nd ed.: USCCB Communications, 2000. Print.
  • ISBN: 1574551108        978-1574551105
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

920 pages. Any edition from any publisher will do. It is standard practice to reference the Catechism as "CCC" in print. The STAA course plans follow this practice.

 

OPTIONAL RESOURCE

Introduction to the Bible

  • Author: Fr. John Laux
  • Publisher/Copyright: Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 1932, 1990. Print.
  • ISBN: 0895553961        978-0895553966
  • Supplier: Seton Press

Imprimatur; 326 pgs.; 3 units; appendix; index.

 

Essential Cosmic Perspective, The (5th Edition)

  • Author: Jeffrey Bennett, et al.
  • Publisher/Copyright: 5th ed. San Francisco: Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2009. Print.
  • ISBN: 0321566947        978-0321566942
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

624 pages. This is a nonconsumable text so ordering a used copy is a great idea to save money. Siblings can easily share the same book. When ordering this book new or used, make sure you order the FIFTH EDITION. All that is needed is the FIFTH EDITION student textbook.

 

Colored Pencils (Prismacolor 24 Color Pencil Set recommended)

  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

Art and science assignments often call for colored pencils. Students will need at least the colors of the rainbow, black, grey, and white. Any brand or pack of colored pencils will do. Pencil texture, number of colors, and price make the Prismacolor set of pencils our favorite.

 

OPTIONAL RESOURCE

The Universe: The Complete Season 1

  • Author: The History Channel
  • Publisher/Copyright: Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO, 2007. DVD.
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

Purchase, borrow, or watch episodes from this series when conveniently available to you. Online streaming of episodes may be available at www.netflix.com, www.hulu.com, www.historychannel.com, and Amazon Instant Video.

 

OPTIONAL RESOURCE

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • Publisher/Copyright: : USCCB, 2005. Print or Website.
  • ISBN: 1574557203        978-1574557206
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

200 pages. Also available on the Vatican website.

 

 

Course Plan Booklet: Astronomy I and II, B Track

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: Reno: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 2020. Print.
  • ISBN: n/a        
  • Supplier: Lulu.com

This booklet includes the weekly lesson plans, study tools, and gradebooks for ASTRONOMY IB and ASTRONOMY IIB.

 

 

DOWNLOAD: Quarter End Tests

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: Reno: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 2017. PDF.
  • ISBN: n/a        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy

The quarter end tests for this course can be found in the Teaching-Parent Resource Library. Sign in to the Student Zone with your teaching-parent username and password, click on MY COURSES, open the subject section that matches this course, and click on the name of the test to download/print the PDF document.

 

OPTIONAL RESOURCE

The Universe: The Complete Season 2

  • Author: The History Channel
  • Publisher/Copyright: : A&E Home Video, 2008. DVD.
  • ISBN: B0016OKQOO        
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

Purchase, borrow, or watch episodes from this series when conveniently available to you. Online streaming of episodes may be available at www.netflix.com, www.hulu.com, www.historychannel.com, and Amazon Instant Video.

 

OPTIONAL RESOURCE

The Universe: The Complete Season 3

  • Author: The History Channel
  • Publisher/Copyright: : A&E HOME VIDEO, 2009. DVD.
  • ISBN: B001L0KHA6        
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

Purchase, borrow, or watch episodes from this series when conveniently available to you. Online streaming of episodes may be available at www.netflix.com, www.hulu.com, www.historychannel.com, and Amazon Instant Video.

 

OPTIONAL RESOURCE

The Universe: The Complete Season 4

  • Author: The History Channel
  • Publisher/Copyright: : A&E HOME VIDEO, 2010. DVD.
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

Purchase, borrow, or watch episodes from this series when conveniently available to you. Online streaming of episodes may be available at www.netflix.com, www.hulu.com, www.historychannel.com, and Amazon Instant Video.

 

 

 


 

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