Online Course and Lab

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Office Hours MW 01:30 - 03:30 PM Office TR 02:00 – 03:30 PM TEC Office S-322F 468-3001 nmarkworth@sfasu.edu Astronomy 105-Syllabus Purpose: This is a survey course that will stress the historical and descriptive aspects of our knowledge of astronomy. The major aim will be to give each student an appreciation and understanding of the size, scale, and structure of the cosmos, to gain an understanding of the nature of science and astronomy, to see that the universe is comprehensible through the scientific principles that can be understood by everyone, and to gain an increased interest in studying current events in astronomy as a life-long learning activity. The methods of science will be strongly emphasized. Learning Objectives: The overall objectives of this course are that the learner will: * Recognize that the universe can be described by a few natural laws. * Describe the characteristics of objects within the solar system including the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. * Demonstrate a basic familiarity with stellar life cycles, galaxies, and extragalactic objects. Materials: The text is The Essential Cosmic Perspective , fifth edition by Jeffrey Bennett, Megan Donahue, Nicholas Schneider, and Mark Voit. New books will include a “personal access kit ” for the Mastering Astronomy web site that contains the assignments I will make. You can purchase the personal access kit online if you have a used book. Please use this link to help you access the site and register for the course. The course ID is MARKWORTH094. I have left some useful tips at this link for the use of masteringastronomy, if you are having trouble. The order of the course as well as the timing of the exams is indicated in the Course Calendar link. AST 105L, the Astronomy Laboratory is a co-requisite and a new edition of the online lab manual is available in the BPSC bookstore only (Barnes and Nobles). If you are enrolled in the online lab, please purchase the Online Lab Manual , since it contains the lecture CDs, lab prep DVD, and lab supplements. Students enrolled in the face-to-face labs may pick up copies of the lecture CDs from me in my office. Textbooks may be ordered from the SFASU Bookstore online at this link . EMAIL: and Electronic Communications The course is fully developed in myCourses (formerly WebCT, also Blackboard Learning System) and we will be using the myCourses email facility. This is a closed email system (only myCourses traffic), so that the class email will be separate from any other email accounts you may have. It is imperative that you check the myCourses email very frequently (several times per day). Please print important email and keep the messages in a class folder. Even though I have my titan account posted above, please contact me through myCourses for class business .
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I can be reached via email anytime, but interactively via chat, NetMeeting, or phone during my office hours listed above. If you want to communicate by one of the internet methods during office hours,
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