Lecture1_Sept24_2007

Lecture1_Sept24_2007 - PhSc11900: Stellar Astronomy and...

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PhSc11900: Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics Lecture 1, September 24 th 2007 Course Logistics Course Structure, Personnel, Syllabus, Webpage Early Questions, and Answers: Early Astronomy: The Greeks, 610 B.C.E – 165 C.E. The Solar System is the Universe, and has the Earth at the center. Astronomical Renaissance: 1473 C.E. – 1642 C.E. The Solar System is the Universe, and has the Sun at the center.
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Course Logistics Course Structure, Personnel, Syllabus, Webpage “I’ll be more enthusiastic about thinking outside the box when there’s any evidence of thinking going on inside it.” Terry Pratchett
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Lecturer: Mike Gladders, AAC132, Phone 773 834 0392, gladders@oddjob.uchicago.edu My office is on the first floor of the AAC, in the corner closest to LASR (NW corner). Enter at 5640 S. Ellis Ave, and go up the entry steps to the main hall. Turn right (north), proceed north to the T intersection, and turn left (west). Go through the double glass doors and continue west along the hall, turning right (north) when required. Proceed north to near the downward stairs - my office is to the left. Note that the 5640 S. Ellis doorway is the only unlocked entryway to this building complex. Ellis Ave 5640 go up stairs double doors AAC 132 N W
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Tentative Calendar, subject to revision: Lectures: First Lecture Sept. 24th 2007 Last Lecture Nov. 28th 2007 Labs: 6 labs, taking 7 weeks Tests: Midterm 1, in class, Monday Oct. 22nd Midterm 2, in class, Friday Nov. 16th Final, in finals week, nominally scheduled for Friday December 7 th 10:30am-12:30pm Homework: 7 problem sets, handed out Mondays beginning October 1st, due the following Monday Course Website: We will be using the ‘chalk’ system: http://chalk.uchicago.edu . Log in using your CNetID to access the class webpages. All lectures, labs, homework sets, homework solutions, and past exams will be posted, in addition to other relevant documents. Text: Universe , 7th Edition, by Roger Freedman and William Kauffman (W.H. Freedman and Co., New York). Reading assignments from the text will be given regularly.
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Grading System: 2 in-class midterm exams 20% (10% each) 1 final exam 26% Labs 24% Homework 30%* (5% each, see below) TOTAL 100% ** A total of 7 homework problem sets will be assigned. Your homework grade will be derived by dropping the set on which you scored the lowest, and averaging the remaining 6. In principle you may thus choose to not do one of the seven problem sets, though this is not encouraged since the problem sets are designed to help you learn the material.
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Labs: Labs are held for 1 hour and 50 minutes, weekly, beginning Monday Oct. 1st. Labs are mandatory . Each student will be assigned to a lab section, according to openings in your class schedule. You should read any written materials for the lab before coming - lab materials will be made available online by the end of the Friday lecture of the prior week. After performing the lab you will prepare a report according to the guidelines laid out by your TA. Your lab grade (24% of
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