T,R - 5:30-6:50
                          Smith Lab 1009

     Professor :  Anil K. Pradhan     Graduate TA: Carl Coker
                  4017 McPherson Lab  Off Hrs M,W 4:00-5:30 PM
                  292-5850            4001 McPherson, 292-3433
     Office Hrs.  T,R 4:30-5:30 PM    Inst. Asst.  Andrew Zitnik
 ( -- click on `Astronomy 1144')

        Text:  ASTRONOMY TODAY, Chaisson and McMillan, 7th Edition

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

   Dates:      Chapters        Main Topics

  Jan 13,15      3-5      Intoduction, Solar System 
  Jan 20,22      16       Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton
  Jan 27,29      17       The Sun, Stellar classificaion and HR diagram
  Feb 3,5        18       Interstellar Medium
  Feb 10,12      19,20    Stellar Birth and Evolution
  Feb 17,19      21       Stellar Death and Aftermath
  Feb 24,26      22       Stellar Remnants: Neutron Stars and Black Holes
  Mar 3,5        23       The Milky Way
  Mar 10,12      24       Galaxies: Universal Timeline
  Mar 24,26      25       Dark Matter
  Mar 31, Apr 2  26       Cosmology: Large-Scale Structure
  Apr 7,9        27       Big Bang, Cosmic Microwave Background
  Apr 14,16      27       Energy-Matter Distribution
  Apr 21,23      28       Life; Review

Mid-Term Test Dates: Thursdays Jan 29, Feb 19, Mar 12, Apr 9 (40 mins. duration
and 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 2-week period. 
The lectures will cover most topics in the text, but not all.
We will NOT be following the textbook exactly, but will cover topics
from Ch.5 (review of Nature of Light), and Chs. 18-30.
The lowest test score is discounted. No makeups except emergencies or
with advance email notice to the TA/Instructor.  Please keep all test and 
grade sheets until the final grade. 

The tests count for 60% of the grade and the final for 40%.
The final exam will be comprehensive, including all the material in
the course. All tests are closed-book/notes. Test scores curved individually. 

 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 OBJECTIVE : As the course is intended for non-science majors,
the emphasis will be on the scientific method as applied to astronomy - the
concepts and the ideas - and a knowledge of basic facts and figures. The 
primary content pertains to detailed study of stars and galaxies, and an 
introduction to cosmology. 

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,