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GO 130 Astronomy
Miller, Christopher O.


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Course

GO 130 Astronomy

Semester

FA 2010 HOB

Faculty

Miller, Christopher O.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Physics/B.S.
Astronomy/M.S.

Office Location

SC005

Office Hours

5:15 - 5:45 PM   MW

E-Mail

Christopher.Miller08@park.edu

Semester Dates

16 Aug - 8 Dec 2010

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:45 - 7:00 PM, 7:01 - 9:50 PM (lab)

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:
Universe 9e by Freedman, Geller & Kaufmann, published by W. H. Freeman and Company, ISBN 1-4292-3153-X

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
GO130 Astronomy (MGE): 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:
A learner has three assets they should make use of to succeed: their textbook, their facilitator, their peers.  Their textbook (and other resources, e.g. internet) will be ready when they are and give them as much time as they require.  Their facilitator will adapt to their needs and guide their efforts so they are focused efficiently.  Their peers, especially at the university level, are potentially their greatest asset.  Discussing concepts with peers will force them to refine their reasoning.  Whenever a learner requests or receives help from a fellow learner, both find the process elucidating.

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:

  • Assigned Reading:  Each student is expected to read the textbook, carefully and critically.
  • Homework/Classwork: Homework is due at the beginning of class; classwork is collected during class.  You are encouraged to work with your AstroTeams on both.
  • Lab Reports:  The reports will often be collected at the end of a class period.  The completeness, accuracy, integrity, and presentation of these reports will determine your Lab Report grade.  Lab participation is required to receive credit for the course.
  • Projects:  Both individual and group projects will be assigned.  Possibilities include: a Solar System Portfolio, a short science-fiction story, an original song, a research paper, an HR Diagram, a Distance Ladder.
  • Tests:  Make-up tests are not given.  If you miss a test, your grade on that test will be 0%.  However, AstroCredits can be used to drop your lowest test (and/or lowest classworks and/or homeworks).
  • Final:  The final exam is comprehensive and will be given 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Wednesday, December 8, 2010.

 

Grading:

15%  Classwork & Homework

25%  Lab Reports

25%  Projects

25%  Tests

10%  Final


The scale is traditional:  90% = A; 80% = B; 70% = C; 60% = D; <60% = F.

 

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late homework or classwork is never accepted late and missed tests can not be made up (although see information on AstroCredits below).  Labs can be made up for full credit if done in a timely fashion (i.e. within two weeks).  Late projects will be subject to a penalty (e.g. -5% per day late).

Computer and printer malfunctions will not be considered acceptable excuses for late assignments.  The instructor recommends that work be saved and backed up--a life lesson in general.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students should have read the assigned material and finished any homework prior to class.  This will prepare them to get the most out of the lectures.  (Printing out the lecture notes ahead of time and bringing them to class is also encouraged.)

Students will occasionally work in groups called AstroTeams.  AstroTeams that perform well (high homework/classwork averages, significant improvement in test scores, turning projects in on time) will receive AstroCredits that can be used to drop low or missing homework/classwork/test grades.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 


Week

Date

Topics/Assignments

1

Mon, Aug 16

Ch 1, 2 : Ancient History; Physical Concepts

1

Wed, Aug 18

Ch 3, 4 : Celestial Mechanics

1

Wed, Aug 18

Lab

2

Mon, Aug 23

Ch 5 : EM Spectrum; Atoms & Photons

2

Wed, Aug 25

Ch 6 : Telescopes

2

Wed, Aug 25

Lab

3

Mon, Aug 30

Exam 1: History & Concepts

3

Wed, Sep 1

Ch 7, 8 : Solar System Formation

3

Wed, Sep 1

Lab

4

Mon, Sep 6

Labor Day

4

Wed, Sep 8

Ch 9 : Earth

4

Wed, Sep 8

Lab

5

Mon, Sep 13

Ch 10, 11 : Moon & Mercury

5

Wed, Sep 15

Ch 11 : Venus & Mars: Geology

5

Wed, Sep 15

Lab

6

Mon, Sep 20

Ch 11 : Venus & Mars: Atmospheres

6

Wed, Sep 22

Exam 2: Inner Planets

6

Wed, Sep 22

Lab

7

Mon, Sep 27

Ch 12, 14 : Jovian Planets & Ring Systems

7

Wed, Sep 29

Ch 13, 14 : Moons of the Jovian Planets

7

Wed, Sep 29

Lab

8

Mon, Oct 4

Ch 15 : Asteroids & Meteorites

8

Wed, Oct 6

Ch 14, 15: Kuiper Belt Objects & Comets 

8

Wed, Oct 6

Lab


Mon, Oct 11

Fall Break


Wed, Oct 13

Fall Break


Wed, Oct 13

Fall Break

9

Mon, Oct 18

review

9

Wed, Oct 20

Exam 3: Outer Solar System

9

Wed, Oct 20

Lab

10

Mon, Oct 25

Ch 16 : Our Sun

10

Wed, Oct 27

Ch 17, 18 : Distance Ladder & ISM (nebulae)

10

Wed, Oct 27

Lab

11

Mon, Nov 1

Ch 17 : Stars

11

Wed, Nov 3

Ch 18, 19, 20 : Stellar Evolution

11

Wed, Nov 3

Lab

12

Mon, Nov 8

Ch 21, 22 : Stellar Remnants

12

Wed, Nov 10

Exam 4: Stars

12

Wed, Nov 10

Lab

13

Mon, Nov 15

Ch 23 : The Milky Way

13

Wed, Nov 17

Ch 24 : Normal Galaxies

13

Wed, Nov 17

Lab

14

Mon, Nov 22

Ch 25 : Active Galaxies

14

Wed, Nov 24

Ch 26, 27 : The Universe

14

Wed, Nov 24

Lab

15

Mon, Nov 29

Exam 5: The Universe

15

Wed, Dec 1

Ch 28 : Life

15

Wed, Dec 1

Lab

16

Mon, Dec 6

Finals Week

16

Wed, Dec 8

Final: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

16

Wed, Dec 8

Finals Week


 
   
       
       

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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