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Introduction to Stars and Galaxies

Astronomy 102

Fall 2014

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Info:

  • Time & Place: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-6:30, room 23, TOCC new campus
  • Instructors: Dr. Colette Salyk and Dr. Katy Garmany
  • Email: csalyk at noao.edu, garmany at noao.edu
  • Class text: Lecture Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy, 3rd edition
  • Additional reference textbooks are located in the library, in the reserve section
  • Other class materials: Ipads are required. These can be checked out of the library
  • Midterm and Final: Dates to be decided
  • Dates for Kitt Peak field trips: We will have 3 field trips to Kitt Peak National Observatory. Likely dates for the trips are Sep 22, Oct 15 and Nov 5.
  • Grades will be based on the following: Attendance: 15%, Class Participation: 20%, Homework: 20%, Midterm: 20%, Final and final project: 25%
  • Documents:

  • Syllabus
  • Classroom presentations:

  • Welcome to AST 102: Class Logistics, Aug 18 pdf
  • Welcome to AST 102: What this class will cover, Aug 18 pdf
  • The Sky we See, Aug 20 pdf
  • The electromagnetic spectrum, Wed Aug 27 pdf
  • An Introduction to the Universe, Wed Sep 3 pdf
  • The HR Diagram, Wed Sep 10 pdf
  • Star Wheel Review, Wed Sep 10 pdf
  • The Sun, Mon Sep 15 pdf
  • Review of the McMath-Pierce Telescope, Wed Sep 24 pdf
  • Kinesthetic Astronomy, Wed Sep 24 pdf
  • What is a light year?, Mon Sep 29 pdf
  • The Life Cycle of Stars, Mon Sep 29 pdf
  • The Birth of Stars, Wed Oct 1 pdf
  • Gravity, Mon Oct 6 pdf
  • The Death of Stars, Mon Oct 20 pdf
  • Spectroscopy, Mon Oct 27 pdf
  • The Milky Way, Mon Oct 27 pdf
  • Rotation curves and dark matter, Wed Oct 29 pdf
  • Preparation for the 0.9 meter, Mon Nov 3 pdf
  • More about light years, Mon Nov 10 pdf
  • Extrasolar Planets, Wed Nov 12 pdf
  • Galaxy evolution, Mon Nov 17 pdf
  • The distance ladder, Wed Nov 19 pdf
  • Classroom Lecture Tutorials and Activities:

  • Lecture-Tutorials, pg. 84 "Predicting moon phases", Wed Aug 20
  • Lecture-Tutorials, pg. 47 "The Electromagnetic Spectrum of Light", Wed Aug 27
  • The colors of astronomical images Wed Aug 27
  • Lecture-Tutorials, pg. 165 "The Big Bang", Wed Sep 3
  • What is your cosmic address? Wed Sep 3
  • Lecture-Tutorials, pg. 117 "H-R Diagram", Wed Sep 10
  • Measuring the rotation period of the sun Mon Sep 15
  • Lecture-Tutorials, pg. 135 "Milky Way Scales", Mon Sep 29
  • Lecture-Tutorials, pg. 133 "Stellar Evolution", Mon Sep 29
  • The Life Cycle of stars using Astronomy Picture of the Day Wed Oct 1
  • Milky Way Lecture Tutorial , Messier List , Sky chart for Nov 6 Mon Oct 27
  • The death of the sun Mon Oct 27
  • Rotation Curves Lecture Tutorial Wed Oct 29
  • Lecture-Tutorials, pg. 149 "Looking at Distant Objects", Mon Nov 10
  • Homework Assignments:

  • Homework 1 , due Wednesday Aug 20
  • Homework 2 , due Monday Aug 25
  • Homework 3 , due Wednesday Sep 3
  • Homework 4 , due Wednesday Sep 10
  • Homework 5 and reading, due Wednesday Sep 17
  • Homework 6, due Wed Oct 1. Images used for this homework: The Crab Nebula, Mira , NGC 3242, Rho Ophiuchi , The galactic center
  • Homework 7 , due Mon Oct 20
  • Homework 8 , due Wed Oct 22
  • Homework 9 , due Wed Nov 5
  • Homework 10 , due Mon Nov 3
  • Final Project , due Wed Dec 3
  • Recommended Reference Web Pages:

  • The National Optical Astronomy Observatory
  • NASA Planetary Webpages
  • The Nine Planets
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day
  • Ask an Astronomer, Cornell astronomy page
  • Astronomy Cafe
  • Recommended Sites for current events in Astronomy:

  • Astronomy Magazine
  • Space.com
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory News