7:05-8:25 PM, MP2015

  Professor :  Anil K. Pradhan     Teaching Associate/ Inst. Asst.
               4017 McPherson Lab  Lianshui Zhao / Rani Hinnawi
               292-5850            PRB 3021, (614)886-9933
     Office Hrs. T,R 4:15-5:15      M,W 11:15-12:15


Text:  ASTRONOMY TODAY, Chaisson and McMillan, 6th Edition or later

                       COURSE OVERVIEW
          (Detailed outline is posted on the website daily)

     Dates:      Chapters        Main Topics

  Aug 22-24       1-2        Tests, Outline,
                           Heavens, Sun-Earth-Moon

  Aug 29-Sep 7    3-4     Motion, Gravity, Orbit     Tue, Sep 12 Quiz 1

  Sep 14-Oct 5    4-5     Atoms, Light, Relativity,  Tue, Oct 10 Quiz 2
                           Radiation, Spectroscopy  

  Oct 12-Oct 26         Telescopes, Solar System     Tue, Oct 31 Quiz 3
                 7-8      Terrestrial Planets:
                           Earth-Moon, Mercury       
                           Venus, Mars

  Nov 2-Nov 16   9-10     Gaseous Giant Plants:      Tue, Nov 21, Quiz 4  
                             Jupiter, Saturn, 
                             Uranus, Neptune

  Nov 28-Nov 30  11-12   Planetesimals, Asteroids,
                         Comets, Life, Exoplanets    

  Dec 5                  Review/Office hours 

  Four mid-term tests, 40 Min. + Lecture (DO NOT MISS LECTURE)
  FINAL EXAMINATION: December 8, FRIDAY 8:00-9:45 PM  (HERE!)
   All comprehensive final exam, approx. 100 multiple choice questions

 N.B.: PLEASE READ THE TEXTBOOK ! The 4 mid-term tests (40
min, about 40 multiple choice questions) will have questions
on material covered in the lectures in the previous 3-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.