12:45-2:05 PM, CB130 

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

 Homepage:  (Click on 'Astronomy 1143')

     Text:  YOUR COSMIC CONTEXT, Duncan and Tyler, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-240010-7

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

     Dates:        Chapters        Main Topics

  Aug 22,24         -       Tests, Outline, Intro: Scientific Method
  Aug 29,31        1,2     Ancient vs. Modern: Solar System
  Sep 5,7            3      Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler's laws, Newton's laws
  Sep 12,14          4       Light and Matter, Stars and Galaxies, Dark Matter
  Sep 19,21          5       Motion and Gravity, Hubble Diagram and CMB
  Sep 26,28          6       Relativity and Light: Spacetime, Black Holes
  Oct 3,5            7       Distance Scale and Expansion      
  Oct 17,19          8       Radiation and Matter
  Oct 24,26          9       Stellar Fuel, Nuclear Energy, and Elements
  Oct 31-Nov 2      10       Big Bang and Aftermath
  Nov 7,9           11       Distribution and History of Matter
  Nov 14,16         12       Large-Scale Structure
  Nov 28,30         13       Life, Other worlds: Planets and Exoplanets
  Dec 5             14       Universal Timeline/Review  
 Mid-Term Test Dates: Tuesdays - Sep 12, Oct 10, Oct 31, Nov 21
 (40 min duration, followed by lecture)

   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. 
Lowest test score will be dropped and 3/4 count towards final grade. 
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, 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. 


 - Astronomy 1143 is a General Education Curriculum (GEC) course in 
natural sciences designed for understanding basic scientific methodology 
applied to understanding the Universe in a historical context.

 - Understanding the theories and methods of modern astrophysics and cosmology,
investigating the relationship between science and technology,exploring the 
effects of science and technology on the environment.

 - 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.

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: It is the responsibility of the Committee on Academic
Misconduct to investigate or establish procedures for the investigation of all
reported cases of student academic misconduct wherever com
mitted; illustrated by, but not limited to, cases of plagiarism and cheati
ng on exami nations. Instructors shall report all instances of alleged
misconduct to the committee (Faculty Rule 3335-5-487). For additional 
information, see the Code of Student Conduct (

DISABILITY SERVICES: Students with disabilities that have been certified by
the Office for Disability Services will be accommodated; plea
se inform the professor as soon as possible of your needs. The Office for Disa
bility Studies is located in 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue, telephone
292-3307, TDD 292-0901,