|Office:||107 Peter Engel Science Center|
|Office Hour:||3 pm odd days (or by appointment or just stop by)|
|Lecture:||8:00-9:10, 9:40-10:50 Days 135|
|Room:||319 Peter Engel Science Center|
|Laboratory:||Various times in St. John’s Observatory|
|Textbook:||Foundations of Astronomy by Seeds, eighth edition|
Astronomy is one of the oldest of the sciences, so it is fitting that many of you are taking this class to meet the core natural science requirement. In this course we will talk not only about astronomy itself, but we also see some of the many areas that astronomy overlaps with other sciences, including biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. This course will not be a mathematically intensive course, though some mathematics will be used.
This course is about the solar system and much of the class will focus on the major objects in the solar system. To begin with we will go over some basics of astronomy to set the ground work for some of our later discussion of objects in the solar system. This basic astronomy will also hopefully help you understand what you see in the night sky.
The grades in this class will be based on 6 grades: lab grades, 3 test grades, the final exam grade and a quiz/homework/participation grade. The lab grade will be 10 %. each of the tests and the quiz/homework/participation grade will be 15 %, and the final will be 30 %.
As a requirement of this class, you will have to complete three night labs. More details about lab are included on a separate sheet.
Frequent quizzes will be given in this class. Some of the quizzes will be on previous readings and lectures, while others will be on material from the same lecture. Some quizzes will be done in groups, while others will be done as individuals. Points will likely be given out for some type of exercise every class day. You will not be able to make up points for classes you miss.
I expect you to read the textbook as well as attend class. Besides reading the text it also advisable to do some of the exercises in the end of the chapters. Some of the quizzes will be based on exercises from the book. Homework problems will also occasionally be assigned.
The tests in this class will be a mixture of multiple-choice, true/false, short answer and essay questions similar to old tests available on the web site above. The final exam will be cumulative.
|1.3||F||8/27||1||Scales and Sky Map|
|2.5||R||9/09||3.1-3.2||Cycles of the moon|
|4.1||T||9/21||5.3||Relativity and Review|
|5.3||F||10/01||7.3 -8.1||Light and Matter; The Sun|
|5.5||T||10/05||8.2 +||Solar Activity and Space Weather|
|6.1||R||10/07||8.3||Fusion in the Sun|
|6.3||M||10/11||19.1-19.2||Origin of the Solar System|
|6.5||W||10/13||19.3-20.1||Planet Formation; Formation of the Earth|
|7.1||T||10/19||20.2||Solid Earth; Review|
|7.5||M||10/25||20.3 +||Atmosphere and Aurora|
|8.1||W||10/27||21.1-21.2||The Moon and Mercury|
|9.1||R||11/04||+||More on Mars|
|10.1||F||11/12||24.1-24.2||Uranus and Neptune|
|11.5||W||12/01||25.2-25.4||Applications of Heat|
|T||12/14||everything||9:40 Section Final Exam at 11:00 am||Final|
|W||12/15||everything||8:00 Section Final Exam at 11:00 am||Final|