GO 130 Astronomy
FA 2008 HO
BMEdM.S. in Astronomy
August 18 to December 12, 2008
12:25 - 1:40 PM
Universe 7e by Freeman & Kaufmann. Universe 6e by the same authors is also acceptable, and may be available on line at reduced cost (ISBN 0-7167-4647-6).
Additional Resources: Other items are: a small calculator (needs to be able to do powers and roots—253), a lab notebook (or section in a loose leaf notebook), 1 floppy disk, and a small flashlight would be helpful. The student should also come to labs dressed for cold weather during the part of the year when it is cold. Most lab classes with clear skies will be spent partly outside, and it can get much cooler than expected after dark. Keep in mind that standing around and observing through a telescope does not generate nearly as much heat as more physically activities!
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Class participation and questions are encouraged. Students are expected to study the assigned material prior to class and be prepared to ask questions. The classes will be mostly lectures and demonstrations and exercises intended to reinforce the reading material, and present the more difficult concepts in ways that may be easier to understand. Labs will include demonstrations, exercises, discussion, and outdoor telescope observation (weather permitting) intended to reinforce and expand on classroom work and textbook reading. Students are expected to attend all classes for the full class period, and to submit all homework in a timely manner. If students are having difficulty with the class they should consult with the instructor for additional help.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Class Assessment: Assessment will be based on exams, homework and lab participation.
Class participation and questions are encouraged. Absences will be excused at the discretion of the instructor for legitimate reasons (illness, etc.). The lab grade will be determined on attendance and participation. If the student participates properly, the lab grade will be an ‘A.’
20% Final Exams
30% Other tests (3)
25% Homework. Must be turned in on time for full credit
25% Lab participation: Each unexcused absence will reduce your lab grade by 10%
Final grades will be assigned by total points weighted according to the above percentages with an A (90%), B (80%), C (70%), D (60%), and F (less than 60%).
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submission of work will be accepted at the discretion of the instructor for reduced credit. In the event of illness or other reasonable causes of absense, the student should email the instructor prior to class time to assure that homework will be accepted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students should read assigned material prior to class and be prepared to ask questions and work example problems in class. Students while in class are expected to cooperate with other students and the instructor in creating a friendly learning environment. Students should bring the necessary tools, textbook, pens and paper for taking notes, and a calculator. Students are expected to complete and submit worksheets and review questions from the text as assigned and submit them when due. Homework will include a project to be developed by the student as the semester progresses. Lab work will consist of various activities in which the student is expected to participate in a cooperative manner. Attendance is mandatory for both labs and classes.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Astronomy 130, an introduction to astronomy Class meets Monday and Friday at 12:25 to 1:40, with a lab on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. to about 9:00, depending on the weather.
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