This is a four credit course which can be taken concurrently with the one credit lab, Astronomy 2011. Survey of astronomy. Students will be able to demonstrate conceptual understanding of the methods of science, the sky, the earth-moon-sun system, the motion of the planets, gravity, light, telescopes, the solar system, the planet earth, the moon, the inner planets, the gas giants, minor bodies of the solar system, the sun, stars, stellar evolution, evolved and dead stars, the Milky Way, galaxies, cosmology, and astrobiology.
The plan is to spend about two thirds of the class giving a standard lecture and the other third of the class in a discussion of the key points of daily material. These will almost alwyas be variants of the Review Questions that are given at the end of each chapter. These Review Questions are also the basis of what appears on the exams.
Withdrawal Deadline: This semester it is Sunday 9 November.
Students with Disabilities: If you have a documented disability that requires accommodations, you will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of your academic accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services department. SDS telephone number is 313-577-1851 or 313-577-3365 (TTY: telecommunication device for the deaf; phone for hearing impaired students only). Once you have your accommodations in place, I will be glad to meet with you privately during my office hours to discuss your special needs. Student Disability Services’ mission is to assist the university in creating an accessible community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in their educational experience at Wayne State University.
I do not intend to make paper copies of this syllabus available. Please print it for yourself or reference the electronic copy.Professor: David Cinabro(333 Physics, 313-577-2918, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://motor1.physics.wayne.edu/cinabro.html)
Extra credit will be given for in class quizzes using the i>clicker system. In general there will be 2-4 questions asked during the course of the in class lectures with students responses recorded with the i>clicker system. For each class students earn one point for attendance and two for answering the majority of the questions correctly These points are not simply additions to the total, but reduce the weight of the other requirements. For example if 50 points were earned in i>clicker quizzes then the contributions would be i>clicker quizzes 50%, Exams 33%, and Final 17%.
The i>clicker2 has been adopted campus wide and is being used for many classes at Wayne State. You can purchase or rent one at the Wayne State Bookstore or elsewhere. Unfortunately the i>clicker app for smart phones is not supported, the wifi network is not reliable enough for many simultaneous users in a single class, and you need to obtain the dedicated i>clicker device. Once you have the i>clicker you have to register it for this class. Find the link to do so on Blackboard in Tools. You will not get extra credit for the in class quizzes unless you do this.
While this is not a particularly difficult class, there is a large amount of material. Get the text, read it before class, go to class, do well on the i>clicker quizzes, take notes, listen to and participate in the discussion. This is the opportunity to ask about things that are either interesting or not clear to you. Do so. Often. To make things easier, I do post the lectures in blackboard after I give them in class. They can be found in the "Content" link on the class blackboard page. These are valuable for going over your notes. Do not ignore the class until just before exams. Spending some time on it regularly is the best way to stay on top of the material.
Often I go too fast in lecture. Do not hesitate to ask me to go over something again, slow down, or simply to leave a slide up for you write something down. We have plenty of time in class; the lectures usually last about one hour if I do them at my comfortable pace and there is 15-30 minutes of discussion at the end.
With the large amount of material I can either ask more questions that cover everything, or fewer that do not cover everything. I choose the latter, but try to give you clues about what will appear on the exams in the "Questions for Discussion" and the "Reviews" given before the exams. Go over your notes and get plenty of rest before the exams.
PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL DATE OF THE FINAL. The final is a pain. Prepare extra for that. I do some things to make it easier.
Taking the in class quizzes seriously is a good way to ensure that you will get a good grade. There is a very high correlation between those who show up to class every day and those who do well on the exams. Thus not only do students get in class extra credit, but also seem to learn the material that appears on the exams by reading the material before class and paying attention to the presentation and discussion in class. At some level, this should be obvious.
|2 Sep||Labor Day: No Class||-|
|3 Sep||The Sky I||2.1-2.6|
|8 Sep||The Sky II||2.7-2.11|
|10 Sep||Birth of Modern Astronomy||3.1-3.6|
|15 Sep||Sky Cycles||4.1-4.6|
|17 Sep||Gravity and Review||5.1-5.3|
|22 Sep||Exam 1||1.1-5.3|
|24 Sep||Light and Telescopes I||6.1-6.3|
|29 Sep||Light and Telescopes II||6.3-6.6|
|1 Oct||Atoms and Spectra||7.1-7.3|
|6 Oct||The Sun||8.1-8.3|
|8 Oct||The Family of Stars I||9.1-9.3|
|13 Oct||The Family of Stars II and Review||9.4-9.6|
|15 Oct||Exam 2||6.1-9.6|
|20 Oct||Interstellar Medium and Star Formation||10.1-11.3|
|22 Oct||Star Structure and Evolution||11.4-12.4|
|27 Oct||Star Death and Compact Objects||13.1-14.3|
|29 Oct||The Milky Way||15.1-15.5|
|5 Nov||Active Galaxies||17.1-17.2|
|10 Nov||Cosmology and Review||18.1-18.4|
|12 Nov||Exam 3||10.1-18.4|
|17 Nov||Origin of the Solar System||19.1-19.4|
|19 Nov||The Earth as a Planet||20.1-20.4|
|24 Nov||The Moon and Terrestrial Planets||21.1-22.3|
|26 Nov||Thanksgiving Break: No Class||-|
|1 Dec||The Gas Giants and Beyond||23.1-24.5|
|3 Dec||Minor Bodies of the Solar System||25.1-25.4|
|8 Dec||Extraterrestrial Life and Review||26.1-26.3|