ASTRONOMY 1144 - SPRING SEMETER 2015 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Coker@astronomy.ohio-state.edu Office Hrs. T,R 4:30-5:30 PM Inst. Asst. Andrew Zitnik (www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pradhan -- 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) FINAL EXAMINATION: MAY 1, 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 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 (studentaffairs.osu.edu/pdfs/csc 12-31-07.pdf). 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, www.ods.ohio-state.edu.