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DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS03-64-190-01: Introduction to Astronomy I Fall 2018Course Description:The solar system with emphasis on the results of recent space exploration. This is a descriptive coursesuitable for the non-scientist. (May be taken by B.Sc. students for credit, but does not count as a Physicscourse or other science option towards the fulfillment of the requirements for the B.Sc. degree.) (2lecture hours a week.)Instructor:Janet HartOffice: Room 209, Memorial HallOffice Hours:T 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Th 11:00 – 12:00 pmEmail: [email protected]Lectures:Section 01 TR 14:30Erie Hall, Room 1120Course Outline:UNIT 1 - Observing the Night Sky1.1The Nature of Astronomy 131.2The Nature of Science1.3The Laws of Nature 151.4Numbers in Astronomy 151.5Consequences of Light Travel Time 171.6A Tour of the Universe 181.7The Universe on the Large Scale1.8The Universe of the Very Small1.9A Conclusion and a Beginning2.1The Sky Above 322.2Ancient Astronomy (pages 46 and 47)4.1Earth and Sky 1044.2The Seasons 1074.3Keeping Time 1144.5 Phases of the Moon4.7Eclipses of the Sun and Moon 129UNIT 2- History of Astronomy2.2Ancient Astronomy 422.3Astrology and Astronomy 492.4The Birth of Modern Astronomy 543.1The Laws of Planetary Motion3.2Newton’s Great Synthesis 7603-64-190
3.3Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation 813.4Orbits in the Solar System 853.5Motions of Satellites and Spacecraft 883.6Gravity with More Than Two Bodies 91Omit pages 93-95UNIT 3 - Radiation and Spectra5.1The Behavior of Light 1465.2The Electromagnetic Spectrum 1535.3Spectroscopy in Astronomy 1615.4The Structure of the Atom 1665.5Formation of Spectral Lines 1725.6The Doppler Effect 176UNIT 4- Telescopes and Collecting Astronomical Data6.1Telescopes 1906.2Telescopes Today 1966.3Visible-Light Detectors and Instruments 2066.4Radio Telescopes 2106.5Observations outside Earth’s Atmosphere 2176.6The Future of Large Telescopes 222UNIT 5 - Structure and Origin of the Solar System7.1Overview of Our Planetary System 2347.2Composition and Structure of Planets 2467.3Dating Planetary Surfaces 2517.4Origin of the Solar System 25413.1Asteroids 45213.2Asteroids and Planetary Defense 46313.3The “Long-Haired” Comets 46613.4The Origin and Fate of Comets and Related Objects 47614.1Meteors 49414.2Meteorites: Stones from Heaven 49914.3Formation of the Solar System 50414.4Comparison with Other Planetary Systems 51014.5Planetary Evolution 515UNIT 6 - Earth and the Moon8.1The Global Perspective 2668.2Earth’s Crust 2708.3Earth’s Atmosphere 2788.4Life, Chemical Evolution, and Climate Change 2838.5Cosmic Influences on the Evolution of Earth 2889.1General Properties of the Moon 3039.2The Lunar Surface 3109.3Impact Craters 3159.4The Origin of the Moon 3204.6Ocean Tides and the Moon 125
UNIT 7 - The Terrestrial Worlds9.5Mercury 32110.1The Nearest Planets: An Overview 33510.2The Geology of Venus 34210.3The Massive Atmosphere of Venus 34710.4The Geology of Mars 35010.5Water and Life on Mars 35910.6Divergent Planetary Evolution 371UNIT 8 - Jovian Worlds11.1Exploring the Outer Planets 38111.2The Giant Planets 38711.3Atmospheres of the Giant Planets 393UNIT 9 - Rings, Moons, and Pluto12.1Ring and Moon Systems Introduced 41012.2

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