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AST1004 Astronomy of Stars and Galaxies

Summer 2019

Course Announcements:

Slides for Ch's 1 - 3

Slides for Ch's 4 - 5

Slides for Ch 16

Quiz 1 (Take Home)

Exam 1 (Take Home -- Due Tuesday, July 2)

Section #: 617305
Class Time: TR 2:00PM - 3:25PM
Room: 7/272

Instructor: Douglas H. Laurence
Office: 7/135
Office Hours: By Appointment Only During Summer

Course Materials:

For this course, you will be required to buy two items:

Further, you are expected to have a notebook (or paper of any form), a writing utensil, etc., so that you can properly take notes during the class. Feel free to record audio of the lectures to playback later; whatever helps you learn, I'm on board with it.

Course Topics:

During the semester, we will cover the following topics:


Each exam will consist of roughly 30 multiple choice questions. The solutions to each exam must be recorded on Scantron sheets, so make sure you buy at least 2 for this class! The midterm will cover roughly the first half of the material, while the final exam will cover roughly the second half of the material. The final exam will not be cumulative; it will only be on material covered after the midterm.

Before each exam, a review of the material will be posted. The review will consist of roughly 40 multiple choice questions that I will write, which represent the types of questions you could expect to see on the upcoming exam. The exam content will break down in the following way:

Roughly once a week, we will have a quiz on the previous week's material. Quizzes will be given at the end of the lecture, so any student running late will still have a chance to take the quiz. Quizzes will have two multiple choice questions. Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped in the calculation of your final grade.

Tentative Course Schedule:

This syllabus is subject to change with prior notification from the professor

May 13 Ch. 1: Charting the Heavens Ch. 2: The Copernican Revolution
May 20 Ch. 2: The Copernican Revolution Ch. 3: Radiation
May 27 Ch. 3: Radiation Ch. 4: Spectroscopy
June 3 Ch. 4: Spectroscopy Ch. 5: Telescopes
June 10 Ch. 16: The Sun Ch. 16: The Sun
June 17 Ch. 17: The Stars Midterm
June 24 Ch. 19: Star Formation Ch. 20: Stellar Evolution
July 1 Ch. 21: Stellar Explosions July 4th
July 8 Ch. 21: Stellar Explosions Ch. 22: Neutron Stars & Black Holes
July 15 Ch. 23: The Milky Way Galaxy / Ch. 24: Galaxies Ch. 24: Galaxies / Ch. 25: Galaxies & Dark Matter
July 22 Ch. 26: Cosmology Ch. 26: Cosmology
July 29 Ch. 27: The Early Universe Ch. 27: The Early Universe
August 5 Final Exam Classes End

*Blue days are days off, red days are exam dates.

Grading Scheme:

Quizzes 25 points
Homework 25 points
Midterm 25 points
Final 25 points
Total 100 points

Grading Sale:

Letter Grade Points Earned
A 90.0 - 100.0
B 80.0 - 89.9
C 70.0 - 79.9
D 60.0 - 69.9
F < 60.0