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1 Dr. Jane Turner Ideas in Astronomy PHYS 105 Meeting #1

2 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) 105 web site Course information Course information

3 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) The Book The Cosmic Perspective, 3rd Edition Online Ordering Information Students Your subscription is pre-paid with the purchase of a new copy of The Cosmic Perspective, 3rd Edition, by Bennett. You will find instructions for accessing the site packaged with the textbook. If your textbook does not have a valid access code, you can purchase a 12-month subscription online using your Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

4 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Site Requirements WINDOWS * 250 MHz CPU* Windows 98, 2000, XP* 64 MB RAM * 1024 x 768 screen resolution * Browser: Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0; Netscape 6.2 and 7.0 * Plug-Ins: Shockwave Player 8, Flash Player 6.0, QuickTime 5.0, 6.0 * NOTE: Use of Netscape 6.0 is not recommended due to a known incompatibility with Shockwave plug-in. MACINTOSH * 233 MHz CPU* OS 9.2, , * 64 MB RAM * 1024 x 768 screen resolution, thousands of colors * Browser: Internet Explorer 5.1 and 5.2; Netscape 6.2; Safari 1.2 * Plug-Ins: Shockwave Player 8, Flash Player 6.0, QuickTime 5.0, 6.0 * NOTE: Use of Netscape 6.0 is not recommended due to a known incompatibility with Shockwave plug-in. (You may obtain the current version of web browsers by clicking on Internet Explorer download,or Netscape download then following the online instructions.) * IF YOU USE AOL TO ACCESS THE INTERNET We strongly recommend that you: 1. Use version 4.0 or greater 2. Turn off the "Use Compressed Graphics" option under My AOL>> Preferences>> WWW 3. Sign on using AOL. Then minimize it (do not close) and open either Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.

5 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring)Requirements Need Flash Player Need Flash Player Shockwave Shockwave Quicktime Quicktime See v_media/sitereq/sitereq4a_bennett3.html See v_media/sitereq/sitereq4a_bennett3.html v_media/sitereq/sitereq4a_bennett3.html v_media/sitereq/sitereq4a_bennett3.html For versions requirement tests Technical support also available (see their site) Technical support also available (see their site)

6 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Course Info (PHYS 105) Introductory Astronomy 105 (3 Credits) Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, 2:00-2:50 pm Jan 31 - May Final Exam TBD (May ) in LH1 (unless pre-warned) Course WWW Pages (plus orwww.astronomyplace.com )

7 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Course Info (PHYS 105) Online class Class name phys105_spring2005 Class ID cm Get online and join this class for the homework to be credited

8 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Personal Introduction Tracey Jane Turner BSc in Math with Astronomy, Univ. Leicester (UK) PhD in X-ray Astronomy, Univ. Leicester (UK) Also work at LHEA at NASA/GSFC Joined UMBC in 1998 Main Research Field: Observations & Interpretation of the X-ray emission from Active Galactic Nuclei Aside, Aside, Aside, Aside…

9 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) IMPORTANT Cosmic Perspective (3rd Edition) by Bennett,Donohue,Voit The Cosmic Perspective, Third Edition The Cosmic Perspective, Third Edition by Jeffrey Bennett (Author), Megan Donahue (Author), Nicholas Schneider (Author), Mark Voit (Author) by Jeffrey Bennett (Author), Megan Donahue (Author), Nicholas Schneider (Author), Mark Voit (Author) Product Details: Product Details: * Paperback: 752 pages * Paperback: 752 pages * Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company; 3rd Pkg edition * Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company; 3rd Pkg edition If you have a used copy then you also need to buy access to the web site (inexpensive) where we will work through some homework tutorials Course Text: REQUIRED

10 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) IMPORTANT Contact Information Office Hours -by appointment only Monday, Wednesday, Friday appointments are possible (Tues and Thursday I am at NASA/GSFC) Room 412 (top floor of the Physics Bldg) no “drop-ins” please… me for an appointment, and let me know what area/question you are stuck on (if everyone gets stuck on one area we can go over it again in class)

11 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) IMPORTANT Will be (whenever possible) Made in class Only urgent/emergency messages will be communicated via .Announcements

12 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Overview of the Course Scale of the Universe 1, 8 Seasons, Eclipses 2 Phases of the Moon 2 Orbits and Kepler's Laws 2-3, 5, 8, 22 Energy 4 Motion and Gravity 5 Doppler Effect 6 Light and Spectroscopy 6-7 Telescopes 7 Formation of the Solar System 8-10, Detecting Extrasolar Planets 9, 24 The Sun 15 Shaping Planetary Surfaces 10, 14 Surface Temperature of Terrestrial Planets 11, 14 Measuring Cosmic Distances 16, 20 Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram 16 Stellar Evolution Black Holes S3, 18-19, 21 Detecting Dark Matter in Spiral Galaxies 19, 22 Hubble's Law 20-21, 23 Fate of the Universe 22

13 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Exams (20% + 30%) - These will be closed-book (no programmable calcs etc) (any necessary numerical values & complex eqns will be provided) Quizzes +Telescope Night (20%) - Quizzes will be approx weekly (w/ prior notice) - Quizzes will be closed-book (no programmable calcs etc) (numerical values & complex eqns will be provided) - Telescope Night Rain or Clear!! will replace the lecture of Monday 14 March 4 nights are available, see 105 web page for your assigned night (Mar 7,9,14,16) Mandatory- If you absolutely cannot make your night, you may swap with somebody who is assigned a different night. Attendance will be taken and you will need to write a short report on the telescope visit. IMPORTANT Grading - More Details

14 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Exams (20% + 30%) Quizzes +Telescope Night (20%) Both to be written in black or blue pen only Homework (30%) -As instructed following online tutorials and problems IMPORTANT Grading - More Details

15 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Grade Appeals You have one week from receiving a grade to appeal. Quizzes: Appeal first to the grader Physics room and if there is a problem appeal to me via IMPORTANT Homeworks are graded online and there are no appeals. If there is a technical problem contact the online technical support:

16 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Past Grades Aside, Aside, Aside, Aside… Sample from previous runs of this course FOR REFERENCE ONLY Dropped FDCBA 20% of students30%25%7% I DO NOT “BELL-CURVE” THE GRADES There are no fixed fractions of As, Bs, Cs etc 6%10%

17 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Academic Conduct Cheating will not be tolerated It is YOUR responsibility to be familiar with the rules, procedures & expectations associated with this course It is YOUR responsibility to be familiar with the various UMBC policies on Academic/Student Conduct If you are uncertain : Ask FIRST !! IMPORTANT

18 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Do the Homework!! Homework will be set & is part of the course (30%) !! Homework consists of Reading ahead (before the lecture) ~ 2 hours week Re-reading & Transcribing your notes (after the lecture) Doing the tutorials assigned (asap after the lecture) ~ 2 hours/week This is your responsibility The homework problems give you practice for the Quizzes & Tests You will almost certainly FAIL if you do not do the Homework IMPORTANT

19 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Homework Help Homework will be set & is part of the course!! Group Study for the Homework is fine (encouraged) You may work together on homework online tutorials and online problem sets. However, you each need to register online for this class to be able to get into the system and get credit for the homeworks done. Each person must work through the homework on their personal account for the grade to be logged and thus the marks credited to each student. You will almost certainly FAIL if you do not do the Homework IMPORTANT

20 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Some notes on Lectures Quizzes & Exams - Attendance is Mandatory There will be no make-up exams ! (except in exceptional circumstances that can be fully documented) Otherwise Attendance is just very strongly encouraged Lectures allow the main concepts to be explained & illustrated Not everything in the textbook (& hence examinable) can (or will) be covered in the lectures. IMPORTANT

21 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) More notes on Lectures Getting the most from the lectures: Read ahead (before the lecture - this is Homework) Listen to understand (taking “optimum” notes) Re-read & Transcribe your notes (this is Homework) Be Respectful No cell-phones, No reading of non-course material, No shouting out, No disruptive behavior IMPORTANT

22 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) My presentations will mainly be via a combination of overheads/projector, some videos to help illustrate concepts some tutorials worked through in class PLEASE - tell me if I go too fast - ask me if I am not clear Also make use of the opportunity provided to give feedback. Finally on Lectures … IMPORTANT

23 T.Jane Turner PHYS 105 (2005 Spring) Replace the lecture for Monday March 14 4 slots: Mon March 7, Weds mar 9, Mon Mar 14, Weds March 16 Show up on Physics Building floor 4 room 401 at ~7pm (time to be confirmed). Telescope Nights IMPORTANT


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