| Department: Physics and Astronomy
Class time and place: MWF,10:00-10:50 am, Meyer 113
Section: 1 (CRN=30769)
Instructor: Dr. Jason Pinkney
Office hours: in 111 Science Annex at 11am M,W,R,F, and 2pm on W.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-772-2740.
Instructor's Home page: http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/
Credit hours: 3
Observatory Phone: 772-4028
This is a nice link about solving word problems.
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
SkyMaps.pdf Color version of all 4 constellation maps.
Interactive scale of the universe.
Week 1 outline (PDF) Powers of 10 and Ch 1 material. (Update 1/24/17)
Today, 8th Edition. By Chaisson and McMillan. ISBN-10:
0321901673. This is a 1-volume, hardcover book.
(Warning: the "Stars and Galaxies" part of the 2-volume softcover
version may not contain all of the chapters that we are covering.)
Stars and Galaxies is an introductory astronomy course. You will learn about the nature of stars, galaxies and the universe. The details of our solar system are left to PHYS 1051. We will begin with a survey of the naked-eye universe (mostly nearby objects) and end with cosmology (the distant universe). In-between we will discuss such topics as the electromagnetic spectrum, the sunspot cycle, how stars are born and die, black holes, and galaxies. A tentative calendar of topics is outlined below.
Physics 1061 fulfills a general education science requirement and so you will be encouraged to improve your science knowledge and skills. Science "skills" include critical thinking, problem solving, use of mathematics, observing, and the scientific method. I hope that it will become second nature for you to ask "how do they know that?" when presented with facts like "the age of the universe is 13.8 billion years". Another course objectives is learning how certain physics principles, like conservation of momentum, can be applied to astronomical objects like stars and galaxies. Still another is to see how our class material relates to current events in the world around us -- you will get extra credit for reporting astronomy news items in class. Since this is an introductory course, I will try to make the tests nearly math-free. But you will still be exposed to math in homework, lectures and activities.
The course fulfills the general education learning outcome called 'knowledge of the physical/natural world'.
The lab for this class, PHYS 1091 (1 hr), is intended for astronomy minors and physics majors with an astronomy core. If you are already a physics major see me about the core concentration. You might consider being an astronomy minor if a good familiarity with astronomy would complement your current major. (There are now fields of astrobiology, archeoastronomy, and cosmochemistry.) You need my authorization to enroll in the lab. If you are enrolled, expect to hear from me within a week about choosing a meeting time.
|Observing|| Constellation sheet, 3+ visits to Observatory
|In-class||Homework, in-class activities, participation||20%|
|Quizzes||Quizzes (drop lowest grade)||25%|
|Exams||There will be two exams and a final.||50%|
I will not grade any "harder" than the above. However, if the class mean drops below 75, I will grade more leniently.
||Syllabus. Powers of 10 Cosmology.||1||Survey
||Naked Eye Universe - the Celestial Sphere||1|
||Celestial Sphere, History
||Ptolemy, Copernican Revolution
||Light / Spectroscopy
||3, 4||quiz 3|
||Spectroscopy / Sun / Observatory||4, 16||Exam I|
||The Sun||16||quiz 4|
||Stellar Properties (cont.)
||Stellar Evol. - low-mass stars like Sun
||Stellar Evol. - High mass, supernovae
||The Milky Way Galaxy
|| Galaxies / The Distance Ladder
|| quiz 8
||Turn in constel. shts.
||Comprehensive Final Exam on Monday 5/8, 9:15-11:15 am.
Other Course Policies
Attendance is important for doing well in this course. Absenteeism can directly lower your grade if you miss an in-class activity. Note that in-class activities cannot be "made up". I will record attendance on some days and factor that information into your "In-class" grade (see above). Let me know in advance (e-mail is good) if you have to miss on a test/deadline day for a valid reason (e.g., your team or musical group is on the road) and want to schedule a make-up. If you miss because of an emergency, let me know as soon as possible, and provide proof of the emergency. "Proof" can consist of a name and phone number of a parent or authority figure who knows your situation. Make up any missed quizzes or exams before I go over them during the next class.
Graded Homework consists primarily of
answering questions and problems from the textbook.
Homework will be accepted late, but will only receive 50%
credit if it has already been graded. Try to turn it in before
you have an absence. Homework will be
scored on completeness and correctness, but not every problem will be
corrected. Look for keys on our homepage for checking your answers.
I encourage you to discuss homework with your classmates, but don't
copy their work verbatim.
Quizzes will be given on most non-exam weeks. They will consist of 5-15 multiple choice/short answer questions. They cover the assigned reading and especially the material discussed in class. They will not always be given on the same day. You can only make up a quiz that was missed because of a valid conflict or emergency. Also, you can only make up the quiz before the answers are revealed (usually the next period). For this reason, I will drop your lowest quiz score.
Exams will be given roughly every 4-5 weeks. These will weigh most heavily towards your class grade. The final exam will be comprehensive, but will emphasize the last 5-6 weeks of material. The final will occur on Monday of finals week. Do not schedule anything to conflict with your final exam! Do not ask to get out of this time! Drop NOW if this will be a problem.
Review Questions will be provided to help you prepare for quizzes and exams. They will appear under "NEW STUFF". Many of these questions will appear on the quizzes and exams and so it is strongly recommended that you use them to prepare. More than half of the questions on a given test will be found in the review.
Observing consists of filling out constellation sheets and visiting the ONU Observatory. SkyMaps.pdf is a PDF file containing 2 maps for 2 dates during the spring (4 sheets total). Your job is to 1) write the names of the constellations within the constellation boundaries, and 2) put a check only in the constellations that you actually spotted in the sky. #1 can be done on your laptop using a planetarium program. #2 must be done under open skies, but not necessarily at the ONU Observatory. Try to label at least 40 unique constellations, and try to spot at least 10 constellations in the sky. For full observing credit, you must visit the observatory at least 3 times. Additional visits give you extra credit in the "Observing" portion of your grade. Visiting the Observatory and signing the log will get you credit.
Tutoring is available. You are welcome to drop by during my office hours, or you can make an appointment. Physics tutoring sessions should occur on Thursday evenings, starting at 7:00 PM.
Disruptions: You should ask questions during class, and talk during group activities, but in general you shouldn't talk while the professor is talking. Anything that distracts your teacher or your neighbors is hindering the teaching/learning process. This includes playing with your phones, laptops or tablets, talking with neighbors, coming to class late, and leaving class early. Do NOT use your phones and laptops during class. If you have a disability that requires you to take notes using a laptop, let me know.
Academic Misconduct: The College of A&S has a Code for Academic Student Conduct and forms for reporting students. Academic integrity is one of the basic principles of a university community. Ohio Northern University encourages and expects the highest standards of academic honesty from all students. The A&S code states that cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action. In PHYS 1061 (this class), the biggest temptation will be to look at another person's work during tests. Do not wear caps during quizzes or exams or store information on electronic devices. The penalty for cheating is a zero score for the quiz or exam.
|Cool Astro Links||Pinkney's Homepage||The ONU Physics Homepage||Hyperphysics