ASTRONOMY 1140 - AUTUMN SEMESTER 2017 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 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hrs. T,R 4:15-5:15 M,W 11:15-12:15 Homepage: www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pradhan 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.