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DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICSPHYS 1000-01: Introduction to Astronomy I Fall 2020Course 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.) (2 lecturehours a week.)Instructor:Janet HartOffice: Online (see below)Office Hours:T/Th 10:00 am - 11:00 amEmail: [email protected]Contacting me:With this term being purely online it is likely easiest to email me. You can email me directly at the addressabove or through the course site. If emailing me directly, I would suggest using your @uwindsor.ca emailaddress, so it is less likely to get blocked by a spam filter. During the week I will try my best to answer allemails within 24 hours at the latest. I generally try to avoid checking email on the weekends. Please try tocomplete assignments as early as possible in time periods when they are made available as I may not beable to respond to questions or comments quickly enough if you wait until the last minute before adeadline to make an inquiry.Office Hours:I will be available for virtual (online) office hours. I will be available Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.If you click the “Virtual Classroom” link on the course site and open the room (for help, see “virtualclassroom tutorial” on the course site) you will be able to meet with me. We will be able to useaudio/video or chat and can even share screens if helpful. If you are unable to make these office hours,please email me and we can set up an appointment.Course Content and Lectures:Since this is an online course, all of the course material will be made available through the courseBlackboard site. The content will be organized as units in the “Content and Lectures” portion of the coursesite. Each unit may cover multiple chapters, as described in the “course outline” section below. Oncereleased, the modules will be left up for the remainder of the term. The first (unit 1) module will beposted on September 10th.PHYS 1000-01Page 1 of 9
The layout for each module should be approximately the same. There will be a set of PowerPoints andsome will also have a set of pre- recorded lecture videos. Each module will also have a set of additionalresources (from around the web) that may help explain concepts.There are some sections/chapters of the textbook that will not be covered in order, so please refer to theoutline/reading list below. We should be covering one unit a week.Course 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 Moon4.7