Astronomy 307 - Spring 2014
TTh 9:30-11 · RLM 5.104 · 48670
Both sections of Ast 307 will meet as usual on Thurs., Mar. 6. The 12:30 P.M. class may end a little early in order to ensure uniformity in topics covered in the two sections: we will cover through the end of ch. 12 before Spring Break, and take up Extrasolar Planets (ch. 13) on Mar. 18.
Homework 4 will be distributed and posted on Thurs., Mar. 6. It will be due Thurs., Mar. 20, with the usual office hours and help session available that week. Any remaining write-ups from the February public talks or Star Party attendance slips from before Spring Break, as well as the Extra Credit Homework assignment, must be turned in on Thurs., Mar. 6.
Another terrific public lecture is happening this week which you may attend and write up for participation credit. It should be of special interest to students majoring in RTF, Communications, Journalism, etc. Thurs., Mar. 6, 7- 8 PM, in ECJ 1.202, Dr. Frank Summers of the (Hubble) Space Telescope Science Institute will give a talk on "Truth and Beauty in Astronomy Visualization." For details, see the Out of Class Events page or pick up a flyer at Thursday's class.
And if that isn't enough, Neil deGrasse Tyson's reboot of Carl Sagan's Cosmos series begins Sun., Mar. 9 on FOX. To hear his Keynote Speech at SXSW Interactive may have a high price-tag, but watching the TV series should be affordable. You may earn participation credits for sufficiently well-written summaries (hand-written, hard copy) of up to two episodes of the 13-part series. Your writeup should focus on the astronomical content.