Astronomy 102                  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. Four labs will be assigned and three labs will be performed in the Stellarium planetarium program. The quizzes and exams will be similar to the HW problems and 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)

Four Labs      - 50 points    (10-15 points each)

Final Exam    - 75 points   (Comprehensive Exam)

Total            - 265 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 (1/3-1/5)

Introduction

Overview of  Size Scales in the Universe

Constellations and the Night Sky

 

Ch 1.1

Ch 1.3

Week 2 (1/10-1/12)

Sun

Solar Atmosphere, Solar Activity Cycle

Gravity

Ch 16.1

Ch 16.3-16.5

Ch 2.7

Week 3 (1/17-1/19)

 

Quiz#1

Solar Interior

Solar Energy

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Lab#1 Deadline

 

Ch 16.2

Ch 16.6-16.7

Ch 3.1-3.4

Week 4 (1/24-1/26)

Quiz#2

The Stars

Spectroscopy

 

Ch 17

Ch 4

Week 5 (1/31-2/2)

Exam#1 + Lab#2 Deadline

Interstellar Medium

 

Ch 18

Week 6 (2/7-2/9)

Star Formation

Stellar Evolution

Quiz#3

Ch 19

Ch 20

Week 7 (2/14-2/16)

 

Stellar Explosions

Quiz#4

Ch 21

Week 8 (2/21-2/23)

Neutron Stars & Black Holes

Exam#2 + Lab#3 Deadline

Ch 22

 

Week 9 (2/28-3/2)

Milky Way Galaxy

Galaxies

Ch 23

Ch 24

Week 10 (3/7-3/9)

Galaxies and Dark Matter

Cosmology

Ch 25

Ch 26, 27.1-27.3

Week 11 (3/14-3/16)

Final Exam Thur, Mar 16 1:00-3:00 pm

Lab#4 Deadline