ASTRONOMY 120 – Spring 2005

Galaxies, the Universe & Cosmology

 

Instructor: Steve May                                      Office:  Room 41

                                                                                                Hours:  10:30 - 11:20 Daily; or by arrangement.

Lectures:  MTWF 8:30 – 9:20, Room 242                                  Phone 527-4278

Lab:          Th 8:30 - 10:20, Room 242                Home Phone: 525-1307 (before 10PM)

                                                                                    email: steve.may@wwcc.edu

 

Text: Required – In Quest of the Universe, 4th Edition; by Karl Kuhn & Theo Koupelis

 

Tests:  The 3 lecture tests given will consists of a variety of question types including: T/F, Multiple Choice, Matching, and Short answer.

           

            A comprehensive final exam will be given during finals.

           

            Make-Up Tests will only be given when I have been notified in advance concerning the reason for absence during the test.  And the reason will have to be very good in order to be excused from the exam.

 

Labs:   After most of the labs there will be a worksheet, or lab write-up to be handed in.  Due dates for labs will be specified during the lab discussion.  Late labs will be accepted, with a substantial grade reduction, no later than one week after the lab session (i.e. the following Thursday).

 

Homework:  Review questions at the end of each chapter in the textbook.  Although I will not be collecting and grading these, I strongly urge you to write out each of the answers.  There will be no better method of studying for tests and the final than going over the answers to these review questions and reading through your lecture notes.

Weekly Reports:  A variety of brief informational research projects that I will assign on a weekly basis. To receive full credit for a weekly report the following criteria must be met: 1) Report must be “On Topic”; 2) Reference(s) must be cited; 3) Reports must be typed; and 4) Although I will not be “counting words”, consider ½ page a minimum length.
Assignments will generally be made on Monday on DUE ON FRIDAY.

 

Daily Reports:  At the end of each class you will be giving the opportunity to makes comments or ask questions regarding the materials presented that day, or anything else within the bounds of the class.  You will be given 2 points for this report each day.  I find this a productive way of checking attendance. Don’t be late to class: If you come to class after I have begun the day’s lecture I will only give you 1 point for your Daily Report.

Excessive Absenteeism :  If you miss more than 6 classes during the quarter your grade will be lowered by one full grade! 

 

Cell Phones:  Please make sure your Cell Phone is turned OFF before coming to class. If your cell phone rings during class you will not receive any attendance points for that day. If it happens a second time during the quarter the penalty will be doubled, for a 3rd time, doubled again, etc. If you have the nerve to answer a call durning class I will deducted 25 points.

 

Grading:          Chapter Tests               35%

                        Final Exam                    20%

                        Lab Exercises               25%

                        Weekly Assignments     10%

                        Daily Reports                10%

                                    (all the above percentages are approximate)

            Letter grades will be assigned using a modified curve.

Disability Identification and Accommodations: If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the Disabilities Coordinator in the Student Development Center, 527-4258, as early as possible in the quarter.

 

DATE

Topic

Reading

Mar. 28

Introductory Remarks

 

29

Astronomy Basics

Prologue

30

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Prologue

31

LAB DAY

 

Apr. 1

Our Galaxy; Gobular Clusters

Ch. 16: 510 – 517

4 Mon.

NO CLASS

 

5

Galactic Components, Movement & Mass

518 – 522

6

The Spiral Arms & 21 cm Radiation

522 – 525

7

LAB DAY

 

8

Spiral Arm Theory

525 – 528

11

Galacitc Nucleus; Galactic Evolution

528 – 536

12

Catch-Up Day

 

13

Review for Exam 1

 

14

LAB DAY

 

15 Fri.

Exam 1

Prologue & Ch 16

18

Hubble Classifaction of Galaxies

Ch. 17: 540 – 547

19

Measuring Distances to Galaxies

547 – 556

20

Distance cont.

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21

LAB DAY

 

22

Masses of Galaxies; Missing Mass

556 – 560

25

Origin of Galactic Types

560 – 561

26

Active Galaxies

561 – 564

27

Quasars

564 – 570

28

LAB DAY

 

29

Active Galaxy Nuclei

571 – 575

May 2

Catch-Up Day

 

3

Review for Exam 2

 

4 Weds

Exam 2

Chapter 17

5

LAB DAY

 

6

The Search for Centers and Edges

Ch. 18: 580 – 584

9

The Expanding Universe

584 – 589

10

Cosmological Assumptions; Big Bang Model

589 – 597

11

Big Bang Model (cont.)

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12

LAB DAY

 

13

The Future of the Universe

597 – 603

16

The Inflationary Universe Model

603 – 605

17

Grand Scale Structure of the Universe

605 – 616

18 Weds

ADVISING DAY - NO CLASS

 

19

LAB DAY

 

20

Grand Scale Structure cont.

 

23

Evolution of the Universe

Special Reading??

24

Evolution continued

 

25

Catch-Up Day

 

26

Review for Exam 3

 

27 Fri

Exam 3

Chapter 18 ++

30 Mon

Memorial Day Holiday

 

31

Extraterrestrial Life & Intelligence

Ch. 19: 620 – 628

June 1

cont.

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2

LAB DAY

 

3

Catch-Up Day

 

6

Final Review

 

7

Final Review

 

9 Thurs

**COMPREHENSIVE FINAL**

Everything!!!