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Astronomy 1 Exploration of the Solar System
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COURSE OUTLINE: EXPLORATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM SPRING 2010 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ASTRO 1: MWF 11:15 am -- 12:20 pm, Tues 12:00--12:50 pm (X-period) 104 Wilder TEXTBOOK: "The Solar System" (7th Edition) by Michael Seeds & Dana Backman INSTRUCTOR: Prof. R. Fesen 342 Wilder Office Hours: Wed 2-5 pm TEACHING ASSISTANTS: Deanne Dorak 302 Wilder Office Hours: Mon 2-4 pm Jessica Keller 302 Wilder Office Hours: Mon 2-4 pm GRADE: 50% - Three tests; held on Monday or Wednesday evenings 25% - 4 Labs: Two outdoor observing sessions Two indoor labs held in Room 200 Wilder 25% - Quizzes. Short questions. Best 6 of 8 are counted. Provisional Final Course Letter Grading Scale: 100 -- 93 = A 83 -- 86 = B 70 -- 74 = C 0 -- 55 = E 90 -- 92 = A- 80 -- 82 = B- 63 -- 69 = C- 87 -- 89 = B+ 75 -- 79 = C+ 56 -- 62 = D --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Brief Course Description Course material consists of three sections or topics 1. Background to the sky, seasons, eclipses, lunar phases, gravity, planetary motions, light, telescopes, spectra, and the Sun 2. The terrestrial planets: Earth, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars 3. Jovian planets and their satellites: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Also comets, asteroids, meteorites, the Kuiper belt (+ Pluto), and extra-solar systems. There are eight short (5-10 minute) quizzes always held on Fridays and only covering material since the last quiz. Only your top six quizzes are counted. There are three tests usually held on Monday nights (to allow you time over the weekend to study). Each tests covers one of the three main parts of the course…i.e., they are not cumulative. There are four labs: two outside observing sessions using telescopes and two indoor labs. The course ends early. The last class is Tuesday May 25th. There is no final exam.
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-------------------------------Tentative Class Schedule ------------------------------- Mon Mar 29: Course Intro and Solar System Overview Tue Mar 30: The Sky and Seasons Wed Mar 31: Lunar Phases and Eclipses Q1 Fri Apr 02: Copernicus and Planetary Motion Mon Apr 05: Gravity and Telescopes Tue Apr 06: Light, Spectra and Radiation Wed Apr 07: Light, Spectra and Radiation, cont'd Q2 Fri Apr 09: The Sun Mon Apr 12: The Sun, cont'd *******Lab #1 Spectra: Apr 12-16, Room 200 ********** Tue Apr 13: The Sun and Stellar Evolution Wed Apr 14: The Origin of the Solar System Q3 Fri Apr 16: Earth: The Third Rock from the Sun Mon Apr 19: Earth: The Third Rock from the Sun, cont'd -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Note: A "Q" in front of a class date indicates a quiz date.
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