Astronomy 162

Introduction to Stellar, Galactic, & Extragalactic Astronomy

Winter Quarter 2003

MoTuWeThFr 10:30am

1008 Evans Lab

Instructor: Prof. Barbara Ryden
Office: 4035 McPherson Lab (fourth floor), 140 W. 18th Ave.
Office Hours: Tu, We, Fr 9 am - 10:30 am (or by appointment)
Phone: 292-4562

TA: James Pizagno
Office: 4004 McPherson Lab, 140 W. 18th Ave.
Office Hours: Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 2 - 3 pm (or by appointment)
Phone: 292-9994

Required Text: Universe (sixth edition) by Roger A. Freedman and William J. Kauffmann III (W. H. Freeman & Co., New York, 2002)

Exams & Grading


There will be four in-class quizzes and a final exam. In-class quizzes will cover the material in the lectures and readings since the previous quiz; the final examination will be comprehensive. The in-class quizzes will be held on alternate Fridays, starting on January 24. Please mark your calendars with the dates: January 24, February 7, February 21, and March 7. All quizes will be closed-book, closed-notes, multiple-choice tests.

Grading Policy

I will drop the lowest grade of the four quizzes and combine the remaining grades with the final exam grade to compute your overall course grade. The quizzes and final will account for 60% and 40% of the final grade, respectively.

Makeup Policy

Makeup quizzes are only offered by arrangement with the instructor; advance notice is appreciated whenever possible.

The final must be taken by all students. If you miss the final, you will automatically receive a grade of incomplete (I) that will have to be made up by a written exam during the Summer or Fall quarter.

Final Exam

General Final Exam (Monday, March 17, 9:30 am - 11:18 am, in 1008 Evans Lab)

The final examination is scheduled for Monday, March 17, from 9:30am until 11:18am in 1008 Evans Lab (the same room as lectures). The final will be comprehensive, covering all lectures and assigned readings, and of the same format as the in-class quizzes (only longer). It is worth 40% of the final grade. No makeup final will be offered.

Graduating Seniors

The final exam for graduating seniors will be at a time & place to be arranged. To take the Senior Final you must be graduating in Spring Quarter.

Lecture & Reading Schedule

Week 1: The Sun
Reading: Ch. 18

Week 2: The Properties of Stars
Reading: Ch. 19

Week 3: The Birth of Stars
Reading: Ch. 20
QUIZ 1: Friday, January 24

Week 4: The Life & Death of Stars
Reading: Ch. 21, 22

Week 5: Stellar Corpses
Reading: Ch. 23
QUIZ 2: Friday, February 7

Week 6: Black Holes
Reading: Ch. 24

Week 7: Our Galaxy
Reading: Ch. 25
QUIZ 3: Friday, February 21

Week 8: Other Galaxies
Reading: Ch. 26, 27

Week 9: Cosmology
Reading: Ch. 28
QUIZ 4: Friday, March 7

Week 10: Cosmological Speculations
Reading: Ch. 29, 30

Exam Schedule

Quiz 1: Friday, January 24, in class
Quiz 2: Friday, February 7, in class
Quiz 3: Friday, February 21, in class
Quiz 4: Friday, March 7, in class
Final Exam: Monday, March 17, 9:30am - 11:18 am, 1008 Evans Lab
Senior Final: To be determined

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Updated: 2003 Jan 3

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