Office: RLM 16.332 & 16.334
Office Hours: M-F 10:00-11:00
Phone: (512) 471-1469
Office: RLM 16.212
Office Hours: Th 3:30-5:30
Phone: (512) 471-8443
We will present an overview of the contents of the Universe,
with a physical explanation of what is there. The emphasis will be
on how astronomers study the Universe and explanations for what
they find, rather than on descriptions. College-level physics and
calculus are not required, but we will use high school math (some
trigonometry) and science (Newton's laws).
"Astronomy Today", by Chaisson and McMillan
Note: this book is aimed at non-science majors, and so uses less math
than we will use. Lectures will give more quantitative explanations.
Homework will be assigned each Friday, due at the beginning of
class the next Friday. Late homework will receive 1/2 credit.
You may get help on homework (or anything else) from the professor
or TA during office hours or by appointment. You are welcome to work
on homework with other students, but verbatim copies of homeworks will
not be accepted.