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Astronomy 161 – Syllabus for Winter Quarter 2008 – Prof. Martini Page 1 of 4 Astronomy 161 – Introduction to Solar System Astronomy Winter Quarter 2008 Syllabus Lectures: MTWRF, 10:30-11:18am, 100 Stillman Hall (0100 SH) Professor: Paul Martini Office: 4021 McPherson Lab (292-8632) Office Hours: Tues, Thurs 2:00-3:00, Wed 11:30-12:30, or by appointment E-Mail: [email protected] TA: Ms. Kate Grier Office: 4000 McPherson Lab (292-3099) Office Hours: Wed, Thurs 11:30 to 12:30, or by appointment E-Mail: [email protected] Recommended Textbook: 21 st Century Astronomy (2nd Edition), by Hester, Blumenthal, Smith, Burstein, Greeley, and Voss. This textbook is recommended for both Astronomy 161 and 162. There is also a shorter (and slightly less expensive) volume entitled 21 st Century Astronomy: The Solar System (also 2nd Edition) by the same authors that contains only the material for Astronomy 161. If you plan to take both Astronomy 161 and 162, you may find it more economical to purchase the larger volume. Course Web Page: http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~martini/Astro161/index.html Course Objectives Astronomy 161 is a Physical Science Course in the Natural Science category of the General Education Curriculum. Courses in this category are intended to meet several or all of the following: Goals: Courses in natural sciences foster an understanding of the principles, theories, and methods of modern science, the relationship between science and technology, and the effects of science and technology on the environment. Learning Objectives: 1. Understand the basic facts, principles, theories, and methods of modern science. 2. Learn key events in the history of science. 3. Discover examples of the inter-dependence of scientific and technological developments. 4. Discuss social and philosophical implications of scientific discoveries and understand the potential of science and technology to address problems of the contemporary world. In Astronomy 161 we will meet these goals and objectives through the study of astronomy, with an emphasis on the solar system. The course will begin with a study of how simple observations and measurements can be used to understand the world around us, such as the origin of the seasons and the phases of the moon. Along the way we will introduce basic physics concepts to understand astronomical observations as well as use these observations to understand physics and scientific theories. The second half of the course will concentrate on modern solar system astronomy. Here the emphasis will be on what we know about the constituents of the solar system, most notably the planets,
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