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1 LECTURE 1, AUGUST 24, 2010 ASTR 1O1, SECTION 3 INSTRUCTOR, JACK BRANDT 1ASTR 101-3, FALL 2010

2 SYLLABUS-1 ASTRONOMY 101, SECTION 3, FALL 2010 INSTRUCTOR: ADJUNCT PROFESSOR JOHN C. (JACK) BRANDT CLASS TIME: TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM LOCATION: REGENER HALL, ROOM 103 OFFICE HOURS: MOST FRIDAYS, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. Regular Office Hours will be held in the Lobby of the Physics & Astronomy (Panda) Building, NE corner of Lomas and Yale. Extra office hours will be held the day before a test (same times as above) and no office hours will be held the Friday after a test. Individual office hours are by appointment. PHONE: HOME PAGE: OFFICE: ROOM 1136, Panda Building TEACHING ASSISTANT: TBD ASTR 101-3, FALL 20102

3 SYLLABUS-2 TEXT: ASTRONOMY: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe, by Chaisson & McMillan, Sixth Edition (2010). We will also be using the Mastering Astronomy tutorial (access code sold with the text). In addition, we will be using iClickers. iCLICKERS: Students will need to register their iClickers at following the instructions provided and using your BANNER ID as your “Student ID.” The student is responsible for maintenance and use of the iClickers. In case of problems, contact the Panda Department Web Master, Cathy Webster, Panda Room 107 or HOMEWORK: This will be assigned and will be completed on-line by using the Mastering Astronomy web pages. Be sure to use your BANNER ID as your “login name.” Due dates will be approximately one week after assignment at a specific time. No credit is given for late homework. In case of difficulties, go to 247Pearsoned.com. COURSE ID: MABRANDT34853 ASTR 101-3, FALL 20103

4 SYLLABUS-3 BACKGROUND: Introduction to Astronomy is, in fact, an introduction to and a guided tour of the universe. Many people are curious and have basic questions about the universe that are prompted by looking at the sky on a dark night or noting the changing phases of the moon. Through the centuries, basic questions and the scientific method have produced our current worldview. Our era is one of frequent discoveries about the universe and these are part of our continuing quest to refine our knowledge of the universe and our place in it. This course should help students appreciate new discoveries as they occur. The course approach is descriptive and non-mathematical. There are no prerequisites. The goal is to communicate basic ideas and concepts. Still, some arithmetic is needed. With some effort and an open mind, the student should grasp the material and, frankly, enjoy the process of discovery. The lectures will be presented in PowerPoint and posted on the course website. Also, there will be occasional demonstrations. General questions of clarification are welcome during the lectures. More specific questions should be taken up after class. Some of the topics to be covered are: the historical development of our ideas about the solar system (e.g., the sun, the moon, planets, satellites, rings, comets, Kuiper belt objects, and asteroids); the threat to Earth posed by Near-Earth objects; the origin of the solar system; the life cycle of stars; the origin of the chemical elements; the Milky Way Galaxy; galaxies; the origin of the universe (= the Big Bang); our current view of the large-scale structure of the universe, including the Hubble expansion, dark energy, and dark matter; the conditions for the origin of life; and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. The basic tools of astronomy and physics used to study the universe are also covered. ASTR 101-3, FALL 20104

5 SYLLABUS-4 CLASS SCHEDULE DATETOPICTEXT READING 1. Aug. 24Intro & Syllabus, Scientific Pages Method + Tour of the Universe 2. Aug. 26 Mastering Astronomy IntroChap. 0, Appendix 1 (C. Nossiter); Scientific Method (Again!), Foundations of Astronomy 3. Aug. 31Foundations of Astronomy (cont.) Chap. 0, Chap Sept. 2Orbits of Planets Chap. 1(remainder) 5. Sept. 7Radiation and the EM spectrum Chap Sep. 9Atoms & Spectroscopy Chap Sep. 14Telescopes [Test Review] Chap Sep. 16Test No. 1 ASTR 101-3, FALL

6 SYLLABUS-5 9. Sep. 21[Test] Intro to the Solar SystemChap. 4.1, Sep. 23The Earth & the MoonChap Sep. 28Mercury, Venus, & MarsChap Sep. 30The Jovian PlanetsChap Oct. 5Moons & RingsChap. 8, except Oct. 7Comets & Related Objects Pages 100, , Chap Oct. 12Asteroids & Meteoroids [Test Review] Pages , NO class Oct. 14-Fall Break 16. Oct. 19Test No. 2 ASTR 101-3, FALL 20106

7 SYLLABUS Oct. 21The SunChap Oct. 26[Test] The StarsChap Oct. 28Interstellar Medium & Star Formation Chap Nov. 2Stellar EvolutionChap , Chap Nov. 4Stellar Death & Explosions, Neutron Stars Page , Chap. 12.5, Nov. 9 Black Holes [Test Review]Chap Nov. 11 Test No. 3 ASTR 101-3, FALL 20107

8 SYLLABUS Nov. 16 [Test] The Milky Way GalaxyChap Nov. 18 GalaxiesChap Nov. 23 The Cosmos & Dark Matter Chap. 16 NO class Nov. 25-Thanksgiving Break 27. Nov. 30 Cosmology: The Big Bang & the Chap Expansion of the Universe 28. Dec. 2 Cosmology: Cosmic Acceleration Chap And Dark Energy 29. Dec. 7Cosmology: Inflation, Large-Scale Chap Structure Formation, and the Formation of Nuclei & Atoms 30. Dec. 9Life in the Universe + Powers of 10 Chap. 18, 4.4 Movie [Test Review] 31. Test No. 4 given per the UNM schedule during the week of Dec ASTR 101-3, FALL 20108

9 SYLLABUS-8 GRADING: There will be four tests as indicated on the schedule. Your total test grade will be based on the three best test grades. THUS, THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. Note that this policy applies to the total test grade for the course and NOT the grade given in the case of a Withdrawal that requires a Withdrawn/Passing (WP) or Withdrawn/Failing (WF) assessment. In addition to the tests, part of the course grade is based on class participation via the use of iClickers (credit is given for participation and not whether the answer is correct or not) and timely completion of the homework assignments via Mastering Astronomy. The total course grade consists of test grades (60%), class participation via iClicker responses (20%), and completed homework assignments (20%). Grading will be on a curve. TESTS: These are multiple-choice with questions in a text handout and an answer sheet (machine graded). Both the answer sheet AND the test handout MUST be handed in to receive a grade for the test. Your BANNER ID must be bubbled in as “Identification Number” on your answer sheet. Remember that the answer on the answer sheet is your official response. Be sure to bring two No. 2 pencils to each test. GRADEBOOK: Mastering Astronomy will be used as our Gradebook and everything related to an individual’s course grade will be posted there. FOR THIS TO WORK, YOUR BANNER ID MUST BE USED AS NOTED ABOVE WHEN REGISTERING YOUR iCLICKER and AND FOR MASTERING ASTRONOMY!!! GENERAL: Disruptive behavior including eating, drinking, or use of any communication device is unfair to the rest of the class. Please don’t engage in this type of activity. ASTR 101-3, FALL 20109

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11 ASTR 101-3, FALL THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD FACTS OR OBSERVATIONS ORGANIZING IDEAS OR THEORY

12 ASTR 101-3, FALL THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD FACTS OR OBSERVATIONS ORGANIZING IDEAS OR THEORY PREDICTIONS AND TESTING

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14 CLICKER Q: SCIENTIFIC METHOD Scientific understanding is established by: A.The Encyclopedia Britannica B.Pundits of television C.Testing and verification D.Relying on pure thought E.A respected authority ASTR 101-3, FALL

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