Topic outline

  • General

    Astronomy

    NSC622-  3 Credits - Introductory

    Time: TUE/FRI 1:40pm-2:50pm

    Place: Sci 117A

    Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

    A survey of modern astronomy, designed to be accessible to non-science students. Topics include the birth, life, and death of stars; galaxies and their origin and evolution. This class will be an opportunity for you to explore fundamental physics concepts and quantitative thinking. As part of the class we will spend time conducting naked-eye observations, using binoculars, small telescopes and the MacArthur Observatory.

    Prerequisite: none

    Textbook: Astronomy today – volume II – Stars and Galaxies, Chaaisson McMillan

    Tutor: Alex Hernandez, meeting time 6-9 pm in room sci 216

  • Week 1

    9/4 at 9.30 am:  Intro Class

    9/6: Reading 1.1-1.2-1.3

    "About Astronomy"

    For Friday write a short essay (about a half page) describing why you are excited about this course,  what you expect to learn, and what contributions you think you will bring to the class.

    • Week 2

      9/10: Reading 1.4-1.5-1.6

      9/13: Reading: Chapter 2 ; assignment 1 due.

      • Week 3

        9/18 8.30 -sci Building - Observation !!!!!!!!

        9/20 Reading Chapter 3;  

        Assignment due- Chapter2 - Page 54:

        Review and discussion questions:

        4, 5, 11, 17, 19, 20

        Problems:

        1, 5, 6, 9

        • Week 4

          9/24 Reading Chapter 4

          9/25 Observations, meeting at 8 pm - Select three objects you plan to observe.

          9/27 Assignment due - Reading Chapter 5

          • Week 5

            10/1  Discussion on the free-style project. Come to class ready to discuss your idea.

            10/2 Observations - meeting: 8 pm sci building

            10/4 Assignment due- Reading Chapter 16

            Assignment on Chapter 5 :  Review and Discussion Questions: 4,5,16

            Problems: 2,3,4,9 

            • Week 6

              10/8 Reading Chapter 16

              10/11 Assignment due - 

              Assignment on Chapter 16: 

              Review and Discussion: 7, 15, 18

              Problems: 2, 5, 10

              • Week 7

                10/15 Reading Chapter 17

                No observations this week. It is full moon.

                10/18 Assignment due - Lesson at the Library

                Come in class with an outline, or plan for your  feel style project. 

                No assignment this week.... you should spend the time to think about your project.

                • week 8

                  10/25  Reading Chapter 18

                  Assignment due:

                  Chapter 17:

                  Review and Discussion: 4 -5 - 10 - 12

                  Problems: 2 - 4 - 6 - 10

                  • Week 9

                    10/30 Chapter 18

                    11/1 - free style project due - Chapter 19

                    • Week 10

                      11/5 chapter 19

                      11/8 no class - Assignment due (leave it in my mailbox) - 

                      Chapter 18

                      Review and discussion: 1, 8, 12

                      Problems: 3, 7 

                      Chapter 19

                      Review and discussion: 7, 12, 20

                      Problems: 4, 10

                      • Week 11

                        11/12 Chapter 20

                        11/15 Assignment due -  chapter 20

                        Chapter 20: conceptual questions:

                        4- 8 -11 - 12 - 13

                        • Week 12

                          11/19 Chapter 21

                          11/22 - Guest presenter 

                          Assignment due:  

                          Chapter 20 : 7 , 9

                          Chapter 21 : Review and discussion 1 , 4 , 9, 13, 16

                          • Week 13

                            11/26 First revision of the research paper - 

                            • Week 14

                              12/2 chapter 23

                              12/4 Assignment due - chapter 24

                              Chapter 22:

                              Review and discussion:  3 - 11 - 14

                              Chapter 23:

                              Review and discussion: 5 - 9 - 15 - 19

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                                Week 15

                                12/9  Chapter 24

                                Research paper due by 12/13