ASTRONOMY 161 - SPRING QUARTER 2012 2:00-3:18 MWF, Stillman Hall (SH 0100) Professor : Anil K. Pradhan Graduate Teaching Associate 4017 McPherson Lab Courtney Epstein 292-5850 4020 McPherson, 292-7785 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Office Hrs. MWF 11:30-12:20 T 11-12, R 1:30-3 Homepage: www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pradhan Text: ASTRONOMY TODAY, Chaisson and McMillan, 7th Edition COURSE OVERVIEW (Detailed outline is posted on the website daily) Dates: Chapters Main Topics Mar 26,28,30 1-2 Tests, Outline, Heavens, Sun-Earth-Moon Apr 2,4,6 3-4 Motion,Gravity Friday, Apr 6, Quiz 1 Apr 9,11,13 4-5 Relativity, Atoms, Light Radiation, Spectroscopy, Telescopes Apr 16,18,20 6 Solar System Friday, April 20, Quiz 2 Apr 23,25,27 7-10 Terrestrial Planets Apr 30,May 2,4 Earth, Moon, Mercury Friday, May 4, Quiz 3 May 7,9,11 11,12 Venus, Mars, Jupiter May 14,16,18 14 Saturn,Uranus,Neptune Friday, May 18, Quiz 4 May 21,23,25 Planetesimals, Astetroids, Comets May 30 Life, Exoplanets (Last Class) June 1 Review / Extended Office Hours Bi-weekly test, Fridays, 40 Min. + Lecture (DO NOT MISS LECTURE) FINAL EXAMINATION: JUNE 5, TUESDAY, 1:30-3:18 (HERE!) All comprehensive final exam, approx. 100 multiple choice questions N.B.: PLEASE READ THE TEXTBOOK ! The 4 bi-weekly Friday tests (40 min, about 40 multiple choice questions) will have questions on material covered in the lectures in the previous 2-week period. The lectures will cover most topics in the text, but not all and not always in the same order as the chapters listed above. The lowest test score is discounted (no makeups except emergencies). Please keep all tests and grade sheets until the final grade. Grading: 3 Tests = 60%, Final (100 Q's, all comprehensive) = 40%. GRADES: 1-49 = E, 50-56 = D, 57-59 = D+, 60-62 = C-, 63-71 = C, 72-74 = C+, 75-77 = B-, 78-83 = B, 84-86 = B+, 87-89 = A-, 90-100 = A. COURSE GOALS: Understanding the theories and methods of modern astrophysics, investigating the relationship between science and technology,exploring the effects of science and technology on the environment. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the basic facts, principles, theories and methods of modern science as practiced in astrophysics: To learn important events in the history of astrophysics, particularly the discovery of the size and age of the Universe and our place within it; To explain the role of modern technology in the investigation of astrophysical phenomena; To consider the effects of human activity on the Earth, including topics such as energy balance.