Astron 100

Fall Semester 2006

Tkt # 1181, room M10                             (Plan is subject to change)                       Wednesday, 630-920 pm

Day

Date

Chapter

Description

Due

 

 

Part 1

Foundations

 

1

8/16/06

P

Charting the Heavens

Powers of 10, Ideas of scale, Inventory of the Universe

Patterns of stars, Earthly Cycles, Eclipses

* Homework H1:  (chpt 1 review questions)

 

 

2

8/23

 

(census date, last Add w/inst 8/24/06)

1

The Copernican Revolution

Origins of a Sun-Centered Universe, Kepler & Newton

* Online Quiz due: QS, “Syllabus Quiz”

* Worksheet H2:  Lunar Phases

 

P1a    3

(QS) 10

H1    10

Q1a  15

3

8/30

 

(census roster)

2

Light and Matter

The Inner Workings of the Cosmos

* Online Quiz due: QR, “Rotation and Revolution”

* Email Address: Sign-in sheet & Blackboard

* Homework H3:  (chpt 3 review questions)

 

P1b     3

(QR) 10

H2    10

Q1b  15

4

9/6

(Last day to drop

w/o W 9/11/06)

3

Telescopes

The Tools of Astronomy

 

P2     3

H3   10

Q2   15

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Part 2

Our Planetary System

 

5

9/13

 

(CR/NC deadline 9/15/06)

4

The Solar System

Interplanetary Matter and the Birth of the Planets

* Worksheet H4:  The Moon & Apollo 11

* Solar Observations (6:00 to 6:30pm, Alt=13deg, Sets 7:12pm)

(T1 = chapters 1-3)

P3      3

T1     50

6

9/20

 

5

Earth and Its Moon

Our Cosmic Backyard

* Worksheet H5:  The Orbit of Mars

 

P4      3

H4    20

Q4    15

 

7

9/27

6

The Terrestrial Planets

A Study in Contrasts

* Homework H6:  Plan to Observe Mercury

            (Eclipse Lesson?)

P5      3

H5    15

Q5    15

 

8

10/4

7

The Jovian Planets

Giants of the Solar System

* Homework H7: The Moons of Jupiter

P6      3

H6    10

Q6    15

9

10/11

8

Moons, Rings, and Pluto

Small Worlds Among Giants

(T2 = chapters 4-7)

P7       3

H7     10

T2     50


 

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-

Part 3

The Stars

 

10

10/18

9

 

The Sun

Our Parent Star

 

P8       3

Q8    15

 

11

10/25

 

 

10

 

Measuring the Stars

Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence

P9      3

Q9    15

12

11/1

 

(last day to drop w/ W 11/06/06)

11

 

 

12

 

The Interstellar Medium

Star formation in the Milky Way

* Online Worksheets due:  ISS & STS

Stellar Evolution

The Lives and Deaths of Stars

* Telescope Observations: Moon (day 11)  (9-10 pm)

 

P10    3

Q10  15

 (ISS)

(STS)

13

11/8

13

Neutron Stars and Black Holes

Strange States of Matter

* Worksheet H9:  HR Diagram

(T3 = chapters 9-13

P12    3

T 3    50

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Part 4

Galaxies and the Universe

 

14

11/15

 

14

 

15

 

The Milky Way Galaxy 

A Grand Design

Normal and Active Galaxies

Building Blocks of the Universe

*Worksheet  H10:  Hubble Deep Field

 

P13    3

H9    20

 

15

11/22

 

Thanksgiving   -No Class

 

16

11/29

16

 

17

 

Hubble’s Law and Dark Matter

The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos

Cosmology

The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe

 

P14   3

Q14-15

        15

H10  10

17

12/6

18

Life in the Universe & Review

Are We Alone?

 

Q16-17

        15

Final

12/13

730-930 pm

Semester Final Exam

 

Final

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