Schedule

Textbook: Pathways to Astronomy (third or second edition) by Schneider & Arny

 

 Part 1. The View from a Spinning Rock

Date

Lecture Topic

Reading (by unit #)

OWL Homework

2nd Edition 3rd Edition
Jan 24 Tu 1. The Big Picture 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4
26 Th 2. The Earth and the Sun 5, 6, 7 5, 6, 7
31 Tu 3. Sunlight 21, 22, 49 21, 22, 51 Contract
Feb 2 Th 4. Our Dynamic Star 23, 50, 51 23, 52, 53 HW #1
7 Tu 5. Lunar Cycles 8, 9 8, 9
9 Th 6. Wand”ering Stars 11, 12 11, 12
14 Tu 7. How Big, How Far? 10, 52 10, 54
16 Th 8. The Solar System 32 34 HW #2
20 Monday 7:00pm Question+Answer Session
21 Tu EXAM 1 (Lectures 1-8) Bring ID + #2 Pencil

 Part 2. Exploring the Solar System

23 Th 9. The Earth–A Wandering Star 35, 36 36, 38
28 Tu 10. Forces and Gravity 14, 15, 16 14, 15, 16
Mar 1 Th 11. Tides, the Moon and Mercury 19, 37, 38 19, 39, 40
6 Tu 12. Venus and Mars 39, 40 41, 42 HW #3
8 Th 13. Traveling to Mars 17, 18 17, 18
13 Tu 14. The Gas Giants 43, 44 45, 46
15 Th 15. Moons and Rings 45, 46 47, 48
Spring Break
27 Tu 16. The Icy Depths 30, 47 32, 49 HW #4
28 Wednesday 7:00pm Question+Answer Session
29 Th EXAM 2 (Lectures 9-16) Bring ID + #2 Pencil

 Part 3. Our Past and Future

Apr 3 Tu 17. The Lives of Stars 24, 59, 81 24, 60, 83
5 Th 18. Origin of the Solar System 33, 60 35, 61
10 Tu 19. Other Planetary Systems 25, 34 25, 36
12 Th 20. The Origins of Life 83 85 HW #5
Tuesday April 17 = Monday Class Schedule
23 Th 21. The Goldilocks Problem 42 44
28 Tu 22. Asteroids and Evolution 41, 48 43, 50
30 Th 23. The Search for Life Elsewhere 84 86
May 1 Tu 24. The Fate of the Earth 62, 82 63, 84 HW #6
TBA EXAM 3 (Lectures 17-24) & CUMULATIVE FINAL EXAM
Bring ID + #2 Pencil
Time and location to be announced.

 

 

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