|Class Schedule: T Th 2pm-4:50pm||Professor: Steve Liebling|
|Classroom: Pell Hall 209||Office: Pell Hall 210|
Text: J.Bennett, M.Donahue, N.Schneider, & M.Voit.
The Cosmic Perspective, Third Edition, Addison Wesley, (2004)
the accompanying Astronomy Media Workbook, 4/E.
and a personal access kit (required) for the Astronomy Place website (ClassID: cm948096).
|Office Hours: M W 12:30-1:30pm|
|Web: http://relativity.liu.edu/steve||Phone: 299-3439|
|Quizzes & Homework||15%|
Class Participation: Everyone starts with 90%. Subtractions are made for being disruptive (excessive talking, ringing phones, being late, etc) as well as excessive absences. Additions are made for contributing (questions or answers) to class discussions.
Homework: Homework will be assigned in class, usually every week or two. Often the homework will consist of assignments from the publisher's class web page (astronomyplace.com).
Quizzes: Generally, quizzes from the publisher's web page (astronomyplace.com) will be "assigned" for the appropriate chapters. You will be responsible for taking these quizzes online (and outside of class) before the assigned deadline.
Tests: The class will have two tests on the dates indicated on the syllabus. The tests will be given during classtime.
Final: The final will be held at the time dictated by the Registrar during Exam Week.
Academic Honesty: You are encouraged to work on homework problems with others. However, you must work alone on quizzes and tests. On quizzes and exams you may use only a calculator and writing utensils (no cell phones, PDAs, etc). All the work you turn in must be your own.
Other Resources: Tutors, library books, office hours, supplemental texts, and study groups.
Below is the anticipated schedule of what we'll cover. The dates of
the tests are fixed; on principle I do not change them so that students
can plan for them. Near the end of the semester, I generally have
flexibility in what we cover.
If you have a preference for what we might cover, please feel free
to provide feedback.
|Week 1||Sept. 6||Introduction||Course Overview; HW 1|
|Sept. 8||Our Place in the Universe||Ch. 1|
|Week 2||Sept. 13||Ch. 1|
|Sept. 15||Discovering the Universe for Yourself||Ch. 2|
|Week 3||Sept. 20||Ch. 2|
|Sept. 22||The Science of Astronomy||Ch. 3|
|Week 4||Sept. 27||Ch. 3|
|Sept. 29||Test 1|
|Week 5||Oct. 4||Rosh Hashanah--NO CLASSES|
|Oct. 6||A Universe of Matter and Energy||Ch. 4|
|Week 6||Oct. 11||Ch. 4; First Part of Project Due|
|Oct. 13||Yom Kippur--NO CLASSES|
|Week 7||Oct. 18||The Universal Laws of Motion||Ch. 5|
|Oct. 20||Ch. 5|
|Week 8||Oct. 25||Light: The Cosmic Messenger||Ch. 6|
|Oct. 27||Ch. 6|
|Week 9||Nov. 1||Telescopes: Portals of Discovery||Ch. 7|
|Nov. 3||Ch. 7|
|Week 10||Nov. 8||Test 2|
|Nov. 10||Space & Time||Ch. S2|
|Week 11||Nov. 15||Ch. S2|
|Nov. 17||Spacetime and Gravity||Ch. S3|
|Week 12||Nov. 22||Ch. S3; Second Part of Project Due|
|Nov. 24||Thanksgiving--NO CLASSES|
|Week 13||Nov. 29||Building Blocks of the Universe||Ch. S4|
|Dec. 1||Ch. S4|
|Week 14||Dec. 6||Our Star||Ch. 15|
|Dec. 8||Ch. 15; Final Part of Project Due|
|Week 15||Dec. 13||Project Presentations|
|Week 16||Dec. 15-21||Final Exam Period|