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ASTRONOMY 101.003 (Call # 14186) INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY Fall 2011 Instructor: Prof. Richard Rand Class Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 – 12:15 Location: 103 Regener Hall Office Hours: Thursdays 1 - 2 in my office (see below). Or just send email Phone: 7-2073 email: Office: Room 166, Physics and Astronomy Bldg. (corner of Lomas and Yale) Home page: Text: Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide to the Universe, by Chaisson and McMillan with MasteringAstronomy, 6th ed. (required) Astronomy is the oldest of the sciences and also one of the most fascinating to people in general. This is a time of great discoveries about the universe which we all hear about in the press on a seemingly regular basis. One of the goals of this course is for you to become informed enough about the cosmos to understand how these discoveries have been made and what they really mean, and how important astronomy is in our quest for knowledge about this universe that we find ourselves in, and in understanding our origins. The fruits of astronomical research are not solely the property of professional astronomers, but of everyone, and by the end of this class, you'll be in a good position to partake. We have a big task in front of us this semester: a tour of the universe. There's no prerequisite for this class, besides an open mind and desire to know what is out there. You will learn some physics and see a small amount of math. In the lectures, we will occasionally watch a video, and you'll see some of the latest results from the Hubble Space Telescope, various Mars missions, and more. We’ll also use iClickers and online homework (see below). Please also explore the website that accompanies the book, through Mastering Astronomy (see below). It contains a hyperlinked version of the book, interactive figures, tutorials, animations and videos.
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If you don't understand something, please ask! Chances are, many people around you don't understand it either. Or come to office hours or send an email if you prefer. And come to office hours if you want to chat about any astronomy-related topic, like something you saw on TV or read about, or perhaps you are thinking about becoming a physics or astrophysics major or entering an astronomy-related profession. Also, check out astronomy material on the Web. There is a vast amount of it. Some good links are on my homepage. _____________________________________________________________________________ COURSE GROUND RULES
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