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PHYS 102 Planetary & Stellar Astronomy

Summer 2014 - Session I

AMDG

 

Physics 102

Planetary & Stellar Astronomy

Rome Center: Session I, 2014

 

 

Instructor: Rev. John D. Cunningham, SJ, PhD         

Email: jcunni6@luc.edu   

Office: TBA                                 

Office Hours: TBA -  after class & by appointment

Class Schedule: TBA                                             

                                                 

 

 

Goals & Philosophy  

 

Many believe that the origin of science can be traced to astronomy.  In the many centuries before electric lights, TVs, and computers, evening entertainment involved staring at the skies.  Many pondered its patterns, its apparent stability, and its beauty and began to ask WHY?  Sadly many of us in our urban environments with its increasing light pollution now pretty much ignore the night skies.  But the study of the heavens still has much to provoke and challenge us.  Just what is out there begs questions of our origins, our future, and our place in this incomprehensively massive universe.   This semester we will begin the process of answering these questions.

 

 

Course Administration

 

  • Course prerequisite:  An inquisitive mind!
  • Mathematics background: High School algebra; no calculators are needed.
  • Text: The Essential Cosmic Perspective by Bennett, Donahue, Schneider & Voit (6th ed.): Pearson/Addison Wesley (2012).  (Students may purchase an e-edition of this text.)
  • There are 600 possible points in this course:
  1. There will be two 50 minute exams during the semester, each worth 100 points.  (200 pts = 33 % of grade.)
  2. The Final Exam will be a comprehensive exam counting 150 points (25% of grade).
  3. Observation & Field trips: Vatican Observatory & sights around Rome/Italy---100 pts (17% of grade)
  4. In class quizzes & worksheets: 100 pts (17% of grade).
  5. Up to 50 points (8%) are given for class participation; bonus points awarded as well!
  • Grading: A: 100%-90%; B: 80%-89%; C: 70%-79%; D: 60%-69%; F <60%.  This scale can be somewhat eased. I do give +/- grades and err in the students' favor.
  • There are NO make-up exams in this class.  A missed exam for whatever reason counts as a zero. For very special reasons, an exception will be made by offering a challenging oral exam.
  • I will maintain a Sakai site for this course for information related to the course.
  • Academic honesty will be strictly enforced.  Any form of cheating on exams will result in a 0 (zero!) for that exam.  Cell phones off desks during exams.
  • Good classroom protocol will be demanded.  This includes arriving to class on time, minimal disruptions: no talking/moving in the class; and cell phones off!  Please be considerate!


 

Class & Exam Schedule   

 

Unit I: Developing Perspective

 

Tu  5/20          Introduction to Class: Chapter 1:       

                         Our place in the Universe (pp. 1-25)

                        Chapter 2:   Discovering the     

                            Universe for Yourself (pp. 26 - 41)

 

Th  5/22          Chapter 3:  The Science of

                                    Astronomy (pp. 56 - 83)

 

Unit II: Key Concepts for Astronomy

                        Chapter 4: Making Sense of the

                                  Universe (pp. 84 – 109)

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Tu  5/27          Chapter 5: Light – the Cosmic

                                Messenger (pp. 110 – 141)

 

Unit III: Learning from Other Worlds

 

                        Chapter 6: Formation of Planetary

                               Systems (pp. 142 – 189)

 

Th   5/29         Chapter 7: Earth and the Terrestrial

                                    Worlds (pp. 190 – 233)

 

                        exam I (chs 1 - 7)

                       

 

Tu  6/3            Chapter 8: Jovian Planet Systems

                                              (pp. 234 – 259)

                        Chapter 9: Asteroids, Comets, and

                             Dwarf Planets (pp. 160 – 286)

 

Unit IV: Stars

 

Th  6/5            Chapter 10: Our Star (pp. 286 – 307)

                        Chapter 11: Surveying the Stars

                                                (pp. 308 – 331)

                        Chapter 12: Star Stuff

                                                (pp. 332 – 361)

 

Tu 6/10           Chapter 13: The Bizarre Stellar

                                     Graveyard  (pp. 362 – 385)

 

                        exam II (chs  8 - 13)

 

Unit V: Galaxies and Beyond

           

Th  6/12          Chapter 14: Our Galaxy

   (pp. 386 – 409)

  Chapter 15: Galaxies and the

                           Foundations of Modern Cosmology

                                      (pp. 410 – 425)

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Tu  6/17           Chapter 16: Dark Matter, Dark

                                    Energy, and the Fate of the

                                    Universe (pp. 426 – 469)

                          Chapter 17: The Beginning of Time

                                                 (pp. 470 – 499)

 

Unit VI:  Life on Earth and Beyond

 

                          Chapter 18: Life in the Universe

                                            (pp. 500 – 533)

 

Th 6/19                       Final  exam

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