Astronomy 101                  Introduction to Astronomy                 Course Syllabus

                                                Olympic College

 

 

Instructor: Dr. David Fong  (Dr. Dave)

                                               

Email: dfong@olympic.edu

Website: http://faculty.olympic.edu/dfong/

 

Textbook: "Astronomy Today 8th Edition" by Chaisson & McMillan

 

Course Objectives

 

Homework:  Suggested homework problems will be assigned, but these assignments will NOT be collected and graded.  Three labs will be performed in the Stellarium planetarium program.  The quizzes and exams will be similar to the homework problems and the lab exercises.

 

Extra Credit: Various projects and research reports will be offered

 

Grading:

Two Exams  - 100 points   (50 points each)

Four Quizzes - 40 points    (10 points each)

Three Labs    - 75 points    (20 + 35 + 20 points)

Final Exam   -  75 points   (Comprehensive Exam)

Total            - 290 points

 

Grade Points:

Percentage

Decimal Grade

Letter Grade

Percentage

Decimal Grade

Letter Grade

94% - 100%

3.9 - 4.0

A

74% - 76%

1.9 - 2.1

C

90% - 93%

3.5 - 3.8

A-

70% - 73%

1.5 - 1.8

C-

87% - 89%

3.2 - 3.4

B+

67% - 69%

1.2 - 1.4

D+

84% - 86%

2.9 - 3.1

B

64% - 66%

0.9 - 1.1

D

80% - 83%

2.5 - 2.8

B-

60% - 63%

0.7 - 0.8

D-

77% - 79%

2.2 - 2.4

C+

0% - 59%

0.0

F

 

Grades and their decimal equivalents will be based on the class distribution.  Students must formally withdraw through the Admissions Office to receive the "W" grade.  I do not assign WP or WF grades.

 

 

Class Policy

 

Academic Honesty: Cheating is a serious offense and may be punished by failure on an exam and/or expulsion from the college.  For more information, see the Student Code of Conduct at www.olympic.edu/StaffFaculty/Policies/ConductCode/violations.htm

 

Learning Disabilities and Special Needs: Any student who thinks he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Access Services in HSS 204, or call 475-7540 for information. Information may also be found at www.olympic.edu/AccessServices.

 

Disclaimer: Please be aware that certain aspects of the course may be modified in order to meet the needs of the class. You are responsible for knowing about all announcements made in class.

 

 

Tentative Class Schedule

 

Dates

Topics & Events

Chapters

Week 1 (1/1-1/3)

New Year Holiday

Introduction

Overview of Stars, Nebulas, and the Galaxy

 

 

Ch 1.1

Week 2 (1/8-1/10)

Astrology, Astronomy & Science

Constellations and the Celestial Sphere

Ch 1.2

Ch 1.3-1.4

Week 3 (1/15-1/17)

 

Quiz#1

Motion of the Sun, Moon, Planets and Stars

Lab#1 Deadline

 

Ch 1.3-1.4

 

Week 4 (1/22-1/24)

 

Seasons, Lunar Phases, Eclipses, Units of Distance

Earth-Centered & Sun-Centered Systems

Lab#2 Deadline

Ch 1.4-1.6  

Ch 2.1-2.5

Week 5 (1/29-1/31)

Quiz#2

Modern Astronomy and Gravity

 

Ch 2.6-2.8

Week 6 (2/5-2/7)

Exam#1

Light

 

Ch 3.1-3.2

Week 7 (2/12-2/14)

 

Electromagnetic Spectrum & Thermal Radiation Telescopes & Space Probes

Quiz#3

Ch 3.3-3.4

Ch 5

Week 8 (2/19-2/21)

 

Earth-Moon System

Origin of the Moon

Lab#3 Deadline

Exam#2

Ch 7

Ch 8(Moon Sections)

Week 9 (2/26-2/28)

 

Planetary Overview

Formation of the Solar System

Ch 6, Ch14.3

 

Week 10 (3/5-3/7)

 

Quiz #4

Terrestrial Planets

Jovian Planets and Beyond

 

Ch 8(Mercury), Ch 9, Ch 10

Ch 11, Ch 12, Ch 13

Week 11 (3/12-3/14)

Final Exam Thr, Mar 14 10:00-12:00p