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Physics 20A Introduction to Astronomy
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Organizational Matters Professor: Aaron Barth TA: Erik Tollerud Course web page and syllabus: http://eee.uci.edu/07f/47320/ If you have questions about course material, homework, exams, grading, or anything else, PLEASE talk to me or the TA in person , either after lecture, or during discussion section or office hours.
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Enrollment questions All adds, drops, section changes must be done through WebReg up to October 12 For enrollment questions, go to the physics undergrad affairs offices in 520 or 524 Rowland Hall I don’t sign add/drop cards for this course: go to the physics undergrad affairs offices instead
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Office hours Tuesday 2:00-3:00 Wednesday 10:00-11:00 Or by appointment if you can’t make it during these hours Office hours are in 4109-D Frederick Reines Hall
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Overview of the course Main topics covered in the course: The behavior of light The night sky The solar system The sun The structure and evolution of stars Physics 20B in the winter or spring quarter covers further topics including black holes, galaxies, and the large-scale structure and expansion of the universe.
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Textbook “The Cosmos: Astronomy In the New Millennium” by Pasachoff & Filippenko, 3rd edition Reading for each week is listed on the schedule on the course web page One copy is available on reserve in the science library
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Homework Assignments There will be 8 assignments Assignments will be handed out in class on fridays and posted on the class web page Homework is due on Friday of the following week: see the web page for the schedule of due dates First homework will be due on October 5. Your lowest homework score will be dropped from your final grade Late homework will not be accepted!
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Homework Assignments Turn in homework in the P20A drop box Reines Hall, 4th floor, make a left out of the elevator and go down the hall Homework drop boxes are next to the wall of mailboxes Not all questions will be graded Solutions will be posted on the class web page.
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