AST 302: Our Violent Universe       Class Log

Class Schedule: T Th 2pm-4:50pm Professor: Steve Liebling
Classroom: Pell Hall 302 Office:  Pell Hall 210
Text: Arny & Schneider Explorations: An Introduction to Astronomy Office Hours: Tue Th 1:00-2:00pm
Web: Phone: 299-3439

Course Goals: Grading Policy: Grades will basically follow the traditional divisions at 90% (A or A-), 80% (B+, B, B-), 70% (C+, C, C-), and 60% (D), with minimal adjustments based on how the class proceeds.
Labwork 15%
Project (details) 15%
Quizzes & Homework 15%
Classroom Participation 10%
Test 1 15%  
Test 2 15%
Final Exam 15%
Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit or extra credit papers, Do the homework, labs, and take the quizzes and tests.

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 sometimes be assigned in class.

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.

Syllabus: 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 Jan. 18   Course Overview
Jan. 20 The Outer Planets   Ch. 10
Week 2 Jan. 25 Meteors, Asteroids, and Comets  Ch. 11  
Jan. 27   Ch. 10 & 11  
Week 3 Feb. 1 The Sun, Our Star   Ch. 12 
Feb. 3   Ch. 12  
Week 4 Feb. 8 Test 1   Test 1  
Feb. 10 Measuring the Properties of Stars   Ch. 13  
Week 5 Feb. 15   Ch. 13 
Feb. 17 Stellar Evolution   Ch. 14  
Week 6 Feb. 22 NO CLASS   Monday Classes Meet 
Feb. 24 Special and General Relativity   Essay 2 
Week 7 Mar. 1 Stellar Remnants: WDs, NSs, and BHs  Ch. 15  
Mar. 3   Ch. 15  
Week 8 Mar. 8 The Milky Way Galaxy   Ch. 16  
Mar. 10   Ch. 16   Project Part 1 Due
Week 10 Mar. 22 Galaxies   Ch. 17  
Mar. 24     Ch. 17  
Week 11 Mar. 29. Test 2  Test 2
Mar. 31   Ch. 16  
Week 12 April 5 Galaxies   Ch. 17  
April 7 Cosmology   Ch. 18  
Week 13 April 12   Ch. 18 Nighttime observation (weather permitting)
April 14 Life in the Universe  Essay 4  Project Part 2 Due
Week 14 April 19   Essay 4 
April 21 Project Presentations   Project Presentations  
Week 15 April 26   Review  
Week 16 April 29-May 5   Final Exam  

Last updated Jan. 18, 2011.
Steve Liebling (home)