PHYSICS 210 ¡V Astronomy Syllabus
Instructor: Bruce Brazell
Office: ATC 111
This is a survey course that will stress the historical and descriptive aspects of astronomy. The major aim of the course will be to give you an appreciation and understanding of the scope and content of our universe. Since this course has no math prerequisite, only simple algebra and geometry will be employed.
The text is Explorations: An Introduction to Astronomy (2nd Edition) by Thomas T. Arny. The readings indicated in the schedule should be read prior to discussion in class. The text comes with a CD-ROM that contains a hypertext version of the entire book and a planetarium program. Usage of the CD-ROM will not affect your book¡¦s buy back value.
The following items will also be needed:
„h flashlight with red filter
„h clear ruler
„h scientific calculator
Lectures will be presented inside the Clark Planetarium (ATC 124), while exams and some labs will be conducted in ATC 309. Go directly to the planetarium on lecture days! On exam days, go directly to ATC 309!
There will be three major exams. Each exam will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions covering material from the lectures, text, and labs. Please check your course schedule for the dates of each exam. A makeup test day is scheduled for the end of the quarter!
The final exam will be comprehensive and will consist of two portions (planetarium sky and 100 multiple-choice questions).
There will be 5-10 laboratory exercises through the quarter. These labs will be conducted in the planetarium, ATC 309, or at home as required. Laboratory exercises are due at the beginning of the next class session. There will be no makeup sessions for the labs conducted on campus!
Letter Grade Grade Pts. PHYS 210 Grade
A 4.00 93-100
A- 3.67 90-92
B+ 3.33 86-89
B 3.00 83-85
B- 2.67 80-82
C+ 2.33 76-79
C 2.00 73-75
C- 1.67 70-72
D+ 1.33 66-69
D 1.00 63-65
D- 0.67 60-62
F 0.00 0-59