GO130 Astronomy

for SP 2008

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GO 130 Astronomy


SP 2008 HO


Berg, Steve


Adjunct Faculty

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Semester Dates

January 14 to May 9, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

12:25 - 1:40 PM



Credit Hours



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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Course Description:
( PY 130) This course will study the complexities of the universe. It will examine the physical, chemical and meteorological, and geological aspects of the universe, including planets, suns, asteroids, and nebulas. 3:3:4.

Educational Philosophy:

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 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

  1. Define and predict celestial phenomena.
  2. Compute orbits of planets and stars and sizes of black holes.
  3. Calculate possible atmospheres around planets and structures and compositions of stars, planets and nebula.
  4. Apply the scientific method to various ideas on space to show how ideas are tested and verified.

Core Assessment:

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.’


Grading Policy:

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.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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