707W van Allen Hall
Office phone: 335-3282
Office hours: 1-2 p.m. Mon, Wed & Fri, or by appointment
(required for all sections)
Investigating Astronomy, by T. Slater and R. Freedman
Laboratory Manual (required only if you are taking the 4 s.h. version )
Provided by lab TA for each lab
Goals and Objectives
On clear nights, you probably have at least taken a quick look at the night sky. In this course, you will learn a bit about the objects we can see in the night sky, and learn how to apply basic principles of physics to understand them better. In addition, by using examples of recent research, we will try to give you a taste of the exciting new discoveries in astronomy today.
Attending lectures is a very important part of the course. Exam questions will generally be drawn from concepts which were discussed in the lectures. In addition, there will be frequent in-class demonstrations of the more important concepts, as some things are much more easily learned in this way than by simply reading a textbook.
If you are having any problems with the material, feel free to come by during office hours. If you prefer, you can seek help from one of the course TA's during the tutorial hours listed on my door (707 Van Allen). The TA tutorials are held in room 655 Van Allen. I'd like to hear from anyone who has a disability and would appreciate some modification of seating, testing, or other class procedures. Please approach me at your convenience.
Astronomy Picture of the Day