PH104 DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY
737-1726 (emergency please)
: M 2-4 PM in WNGR 206
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 13:00 - 13:50 in WNGR 151
The Essential Cosmic Perspective (4th ed.)
by Bennett, Donahue, Schneider,
and Voit (Pearson/Addison Wesley, 2004).
: Available at the Book Store. Required For Labs
Students will learn the tools of science through astronomy. These tools are
observation, interpretation, analysis, and model building. Students must understand the use of
models, argument and uncertainty, and theory in the science of astronomy. We will highlight
some of the more interesting concepts in astronomy, and what there is still to learn in astronomy.
After this course students will be able to discuss some of the more intriguing astronomical
questions going on today. A detailed list of learning objectives for the course will be supplied.
The students will be expected to do their own work, and should understand that
plagiarism is punishable under the Oregon State University Student Conduct Regulations.
Students will be expected to attend their scheduled labs, lectures, quizzes, and exams without
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Students with Disabilities
: Students with documented disabilities who may need special
accommodations in the lecture, lab, or examinations should make an appointment with the
instructor to discuss those accommodations. Accommodations are collaborative efforts between
students, faculty and Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). Students with
accommodations approved through SSD are responsible for contacting the faculty member in