Sci255-spr10 - San Jos State University College of Science...

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San José State University College of Science, Department of Physics & Astronomy Science 255: Cosmic Origins Spring 2010 Instructor: Dr. Monika Kress Office Location: Science Building, Room 262 Telephone: (408) 924-5255 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday 10:30-12:00 And by appointment Class Days/Time: Tuesday 5:00-7:50 pm Classroom: Science Building, Room 319 (Astronomy Lab) Pre-requisites: BS or BA degree in physical or biological sciences Faculty Web Page Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, PowerPoint files shown in class, handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page. You can also access the course webpage from my faculty homepage, http://www.physics.sjsu.edu/mkress . Check the course web site regularly for updates. Course Description Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Science 255 is a graduate course on cosmic origins. This course will cover the origin and evolution of the Universe, galaxies, stars, habitable planets and life. There will be an emphasis on habitability: what are the requirements for life? are these factors present on other worlds? We will also explore the various educational products that are available to bring this fascinating new science into K-14 science curricula, and you will develop some of your own. While mostly non-mathematical, there will be some order-of-magnitude calculations and some straightforward physics and chemistry. Much of your grade will be based on your participation in class, so good attendance will be essential to your success. Science 255, Spring 2010, Natural Science: Cosmic Origins Page 1 of 6
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Recommended book We will be reading the book Origins , by Neil Tyson and Don Goldsmith. This book was turned into a four-hour PBS Nova series called “Origins: Fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution,” which we will watch during the first few weeks of class. I recommend buying the book, but you do not have to buy the DVD. The library may have it, in case you miss a class session. Classroom Protocol Attendance Much of your grade will be based upon presentations and demonstrations that you will be doing in class. Therefore, good attendance is essential. I will average your N-1 best in-class assignments together for your “various assignments” portion of your grade. I will post any worksheets and PowerPoint files on the course website, but just keep in mind
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