|Class Schedule: M W 9:30am-12:20pm||Professor: Steve Liebling|
|Classroom: Pell Hall 230||Office: Pell Hall 210|
|Text: Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, & Voit: The Cosmic Perspective (6th Edition)||Office Hours: Mon Wed 1:00-2:00pm|
|Web: http://relativity.liu.edu/steve||Phone: 299-3439|
|Course Credit: 4 credit-hours Prerequisites: high-school algebra||Email:|
|Quizzes & Homework||15%|
Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit or extra credit papers, Do the homework, labs, and take the quizzes and tests. As the semester progresses, there is less and less to be done to increase your grade.
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
Quizzes: The online, "basic" quizzes for each chapter that we cover is due by the date of the test which covers that chapter. You will be responsible for taking these quizzes online (and outside of class) before the deadline.
Labs: This class has an integral lab component which counts toward your grade for the course. We will have various types of labs: computer labs, DIY labs at home, observations, and in class labs.
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. 3||Course Overview|
|Week 2||Sept. 8||Our Place in the Universe||Ch. 1|
|Sept. 10||Discovering the Universe for Yourself||Ch. 2|
|Week 3||Sept. 15||Ch. 2|
|Sept. 17||The Science of Astronomy||Ch. 3|
|Week 4||Sept. 22||Making Sense of the Universe||Ch. 4|
|Week 5||Sept. 29||Test 1||Test 1|
|Oct. 1||Light and Matter||Ch. 5|
|Week 6||Oct. 6||Ch. 5|
|Oct. 8||Telescopes||Ch. 5|
|Week 7||NO Class||Columbus Day|
|Oct. 15||Our Star||Ch. 14|
|Week 8||Oct. 20||Ch. 14|
|Oct. 22||Surveying the Stars||Ch. 15|
|Week 9||Oct. 27||Star Birth||Ch. 16|
|Oct. 29||Chs. 15 & 16|
|Week 10||Nov. 3||Star Stuff||Ch. 17|
|Nov. 5||Ch. 17|
|Week 11||Nov. 10.||Test 2||Test 2|
|Nov. 12||The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard||Ch. 18|
|Week 12||Nov. 17||Ch. 18  |
|Nov. 19||Our Galaxy||Ch. 19  |
|Week 13||Nov. 24||Online Assignment||Watch movie online and discuss on Blackboard|
|Week 14||Dec. 1||Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology||Ch. 20|
|Dec. 3||Galaxy Evolution||Ch. 21|
|Week 15||Dec. 8||Catch-up and review|
|Week 16||Dec. 12-18||Final Exam||Final Exam|