AST 307 "Introductory Astronomy"

Prof. Gregory A. Shields

Fall 2009


  • Welcome to AST 307. This is a a broad survey of astronomy intended for science and engineering majors. The use of mathematics is somewhat more than in AST 301, the non-science major introductory course. We will cover a wide variety of topics from the solar system to the Big Bang. I hope you enjoy our tour of the universe! The class meets at 11-12:15 TTh in RLM 5.104; beginning Thursday September 10, we will CHANGE CLASSROOM to RLM 6.104 for the rest of the semester.
  • OFFICE HOURS: Prof. Shields, RLM 15.224, MW 3-4, Th 2-3 (Phone 471-1402;; Paul Robertson (TA), RLM 16.340, MW 2-3 (Phone 471-4475,;
  • HELP SESSION: RLM 15.216B, M 5-6
  • HOMEWORK RULES: Show your work, don't give just a numerical answer. Partial credit will be given when appropriate. You are encouraged to discuss homework with classmates but you must write up your own homework paper independently.
  • STAR PARTIES: RLM Hall--Wednesdays 8:00 p.m. at the 16-inch telescope on the roof of RLM above the 17th floor. Painter Hall--UT students, faculty and staff night Fridays approximately from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. General public viewing Saturdays from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. (except when there is an evening football game -- no parking!) Check Astronomy Department website for exact hours, which vary during the year depending on the time of sunset.
  • Painter Hall Observatory Painter Hall is on 24th street just north of the Tower. Take the elevator to the top floor, then follow the signs to the Observatory on the roof.


    Course Description Syllabus (pdf)
    Math Review Homework 1 (due Tues 9/8)

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