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AST 301 · Introduction to Astronomy    1   2  


Grades
Grades will be based on homework (20% of the grade), the weekly quizzes (20%), in-class assignments (10%), the two exams (20%), and the final (30%). Your lowest quiz and homework scores (one of each) will be dropped.

Collaboration
You are encouraged to study and work on homework assignments with other students, and you are encouraged to get help from the TA, but you must write out your own answers and make the assigned observations yourself. If you copy another homework or let someone copy yours, both of you will receive zero credit. In-class assignments will be done in groups, and all group members will receive the same grade (if the assignment is graded).


Schedule

Week of:

   Reading
   Topics
Friday Exams
Jan 17:
   Ch 1+2+A
   The Sky
  
Jan 24:
   Ch 3
   Cycles in the Sky
 
Jan 31:
   Ch 4
   The Origins of Modern Astronomy
 
Feb 7:
   Ch 5.1+6
   Telescopes, Atoms + Starlight
 
Feb 14:
   Ch 7
   The Sun
Exam #1, ch 1-6
Feb 21:
   Ch 8
   Observations of Stars
 
Feb 28:
   Ch 9
   The Formation and Structure of Stars
 
Mar 7:
   Ch 10
   The Lives and Deaths of Stars
 
Mar 21:
   Ch 11
   Neutron Stars and Black Holes
 
Mar 28:
   Ch 12
   The Milky Way Galaxy
Exam #2, ch 7-11
Apr 4:
   Ch 13+14
   Galaxies, Normal + Active
 
Apr 11:
   Ch 15
   Cosmology and the Big Bang
 
Apr 18:
   Ch 16
   The Origin of the Solar System
 
Apr 25:
   Ch 17
   The Earthlike Planets
 
May 2:
   Ch 18+19
   The Outer Solar System
 
May 14:
    
   Final Exam 9:00-12:00
 





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