MWF 10-11am N210
Dr. Yancy Shirley
office hours: N310 MWF 11-12
phone: (520) 626-3666
T.A.: Jonathan Stott
office hours: N209 T 10-11, Th 1-2
phone: (520) 621-7855
FA = Fundamental Astronomy. TS = The Stars
| Date || Topic || Reading |
| W Jan 13 || Introduction/Parallax
||FA:Chapter 1, 2.10|
| F Jan 15 || LST/Coordinates
| M Jan 18 || HOLIDAY NO CLASS |
| W Jan 20 || Precession/Spherical Trig
|TS: Part 4|
| F Jan 22 || HOMEWORK #1 DUE
| M Jan 25 || Nature of Light
| W Jan 27 || Specific Intensity & Flux Density
| F Jan 29 || Magnitudes
| M Feb 01 || Blackbody Radiation
||FA:Chapter 5.7, 5.8|
| W Feb 03 || HOMEWORK #2 DUE
| F Feb 05 || Radiation Mechanism ||FA:Chapter 5.2,5.9|
| M Feb 08 || EXAM #1
| W Feb 10 || Telescope Optics ||FA:Chapter: 3.1-3.3|
| F Feb 12 || Resolution
| M Feb 15 || Radio Telescopes
| W Feb 17 || MIRROR LAB TOUR ||FA:|
| F Feb 19 || HOMEWORK #3 DUE
| M Feb 22 || Virial Theorem
| W Feb 24 || Stellar Energy Sources
||FA:Chapter 10.1 (Hydrostatic Equilb.)|
| F Feb 26 || Nucleosynthesis
||FA:Chapter 10.3, 11.1|
| M Mar 01 || HOMEWORK #4 DUE
| W Mar 03 || Nucleosynthesis Cont.
||FA:Chapter 10.4, Chapter 12|
| F Mar 05 || Star Formation
| M Mar 08 || EXAM #2 |
| W Mar 10 || Stellar Evolution
||FA:Chapter 8 |
| F Mar 12 || Stellar Evolution Cont.
(Online H-R Sim)
||FA:Chapter 11.3-11.9, Chapter 14|
| M Mar 15 || SPRING BREAK |
| W Mar 17 || SPRING BREAK |
| F Mar 19 || SPRING BREAK |
| M Mar 22 || Stellar Death
||FA:Chapter 14, 13.3 (SN), 11.8|
| W Mar 24 || Periodic Table, Metallicity, & Cepheids
| F Mar 26 || HOMEWORK #5 DUE
| M Mar 29 || Kepler's Laws
| W Mar 31 || Kepler's Laws
| F Apr 02 || Intro to the Solar System
| M Apr 05 || Solar System Cont. ||FA:Chapter 7|
| W Apr 07 || HOMEWORK #6 DUE
| F Apr 09 || Extrasolar Planets
| M Apr 12 || NO CLASS |
| W Apr 14 || EXAM #3 |
| F Apr 16 || Dust and
||FA:Chapter 15.1-15.3, 15.6-15.8,Chapter 17|
| M Apr 19 || Properties of Galaxies
| W Apr 21 || Redshift & Hubble Law
| F Apr 23 || HOMEWORK #7 DUE
| M Apr 26 || Introduction to Cosmology
| W Apr 28 || Evidence for Dark Matter & Dark Energy ||FA:Chapter 19|
| F Apr 30 || Big Bang & Cosmic Evolution
| M May 03 || HOMEWORK #8 DUE
| W May 05 || Last Day of Class: SETI & Astrobiology
| F May 07 || EXAM #4 *11am-1pm* N210 |
This is an introductory class in astronomy and astrophysics for freshman
and sophomore astronomy
majors and other science majors with strong interests in astronomy, physics, and mathematics.
The class covers most aspects of astronomy, including stars, planets, galaxies, and cosmology,
but with a more rigorous physical and mathematical treatment than in any General Education Natural
Science class. The course focuses on the application of mathematical and physical principles
to astronomical problems -- so there will be lots of problem sets handed out as homework
assignments. The emphasis of the course is on understanding, not on memorization.
The prerequisites are MATH 124 or 125 AND PHYS 141,151, or 161H.
Should be taking PHYS 142, 152, or 162H and MATH 129 concurrently. You should be comfortable with
basic algebra, trigonometry, calculus, vectors, freshman physics and scientific notation.
The reference textbooks for the course are Fundamental Astronomy (5th edition)
by Karttunen et al. and The Stars: A New Way to See Them (2nd edition) by H.A. Rey (yes - that is same author
that wrote/illustrated Curious George).
Your grade in this course will depend on your performance on the
problem sets (50% in total) and exams (50% in total). Exams are closed-note but calculators are
allowed. The exams will consist of short written essays and mathematical problems. Your worst
homework and worst exam will be discarded in the calculation of the final grade. There will be
no extra credit. No late homework will be accepted. Homework is due at the beginning of class
as we will be discussing homework solutions during the recitation sessions. No makeup exams with
no exceptions. If you miss an exam, it will count as your lowest (dropped) exam. The final
grades may be curved. The maximum scale is set at: A(>90%), B(>80%), C(>70%), D(>50%).
On days that homework is due during the term, we will conduct the class
as a recitation section, reviewing important mathematical and physical concepts relevant to
the week's lecture and practicing problem solving. The sessions will provide an excellent opportunity for
students who have reviews their recent lecture notes to ask more questions about the material and to
gain insight into the latest homework assignments.
- Do your own work. Modern science is a collaborative, and people learn from talking to each
other. Feel free to talk to the instructor, TA, or other students about homework assignments.
But the work you turn in must be your own -- don't just copy assignments. Copying is cheating and will
be handled according to the university policies. The instructor subscribes to the University's Code
of Academic Integrity. The Code prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty, including cheating,
plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty by others. The repercussions for those found guilty of violating the
Code will include loss of credit for the work and may include failure of the course or
more extreme measures.
- Attendance, participation, and conduct. Attendance and participation in class are important -- especially
as the exam and homework material will be drawn from the lectures, and only supplemented from the textbooks.
You are strongly encouraged to participate in class by asking questions. Please be courteous to your fellow
classmates: please turn off cell phones; don't surf the Internet in class, etc.
- Grading. You have one week from the time an assignment or exam is returned to challenge any
perceived errors. The exception to this rule is for Exam #4 - final course grades will be submitted the same
day as Exam #4.