lecture: 343 LeConte MTWTh 10:05AM-noon
discussion: M 1-3:30PM room TBA (basement of LeConte)
office hours: MTWTh 12-1PM in 753 Campbell
office: 753 Campbell
phone (510) 642-5902
fax (510) 642-3411
This is an introductory course in Astronomy, designed
for non-majors, which fulfills
U. C. Berkeley's physical sciences breadth requirement. The summer
session is 6 weeks of classes, 8 hours of lecture and 2 hours of
discussion section per week, with 3 exams. Class will also
meet for a few evenings during the term to use the telescope.
Grading will be 50% exams, 25% homework, and
25% participation. Participation
includes: attendance at lecture,
discussion section, and telescope observations, joining in class
discussions, and a required class presentation on a current research
result. The exams are scheduled for July 20, August 3, and August 12.
The first two exams are 1 hour each, and the final will be 1.5 hours and count
The textbook is
Horizons: Exploring the Universe (with Infotrac) by Michael Seeds.
It should be available at the Bear Student Store and Ned's.
Exploring the Sky: the size of the universe, the origins of astronomy, and modern astronomical tools
The Stars: our Sun, properties of stars, stellar death, white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes
Galaxies: the Milky Way, types of galaxies, active galactic nuclei, and galaxy formation
Cosmology: the Big Bang, the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, and the
origin of clusters and superclusters of galaxies
The Solar System: origin of the solar system, the Earthlike planets, the gas
giants, meteoroids, asteroids, and comets
Life in the Universe: is there life on other worlds?
Homework assignments are due in my mailbox in
601 Campbell by
1PM of the day shown below. You are expected to read the corresponding chapteras well. Late homework gets half credit, no credit once solutions have been
RQ = Review Questions, DQ = Discussion Questions, and P = Problems
7/7 Ch 1 RQ 4,10 and P 2,5 AND Ch 2 RQ 4,11,15 and P 1,3,5
7/8 Ch 3 RQ 2,5,8,10 and P 3,4
7/12 Ch 4 RQ 1,2,7,9,10,12,14 and P 1,3,5
7/13 Ch 5 RQ 1,3,13 and P 1, 5
7/14 Ch 6 RQ 1,4,6,8,9,14,15 and P 1,3,5
7/15 Ch 7 RQ 2,9,14 and P 1,5
7/19 Ch 8 RQ 1,7,14 and P 1,3
7/22 Ch 9 RQ 2,3,4,7,9,11,13,15 and P 3,5
7/26 Ch 10 RQ 1,6,8,12 and P 5 AND Ch 11 RQ 2,7,12 and DQ 1 and P 1
7/27 Ch 12 RQ 1,6,7,9,14 and P 4
7/29 Ch 13 RQ 1,5,6,8 and P 3
8/2 Ch 14 RQ 5,9,10,15 and P 5
8/3 Ch 15 RQ 3,5,7 and P 3 (remember to redshift by z=1000)and P 4 (answer in g/cm^3)
8/9 Ch 16 RQ 2,4,7,12 and P 3 AND Ch 17 RQ 1,5,9,15 and P 2
8/10 Ch 18 RQ 1,5,6,11,14 AND Ch 19 RQ 5,6,13 and DQ 3 and P 2
8/11 Ch 20 RQ 2,5,12,15 and P 5
Here is a
list of concepts
that you were invited to study for the 2nd exam.
Here is a
list of concepts
that you were invited to study for the 1st exam.
Monday 8/9. Meet at 9:30 PM at the front of Campbell Hall.
FINAL EXAM ON THURSDAY AUGUST 12 at 10AM in 343 Le Conte.
Here is a
list of concepts from Chapters 16-20
that you should study for the final exam.
You will have
90 minutes to finish the exam, which counts for 25% of your grade. Half of
the final will be a detailed examination of the material of Chapters 16-20
of the textbook, and the other half will be a general overview of the course
as a whole that does not require much studying if you've been paying
attention throughout. I have announced the REVIEW QUESTION
for the final already; you
should be prepared to write a 1-page essay on the following topic:
Please describe the "distance ladder" used by astronomers to determine the
distances to nearby stars, distant parts of our Galaxy, nearby galaxies,
and distant galaxies. Define "standard candle" and mention a few in your
answer. You do not need to include every technique that is used but should
cover all major rungs in the ladder.
Interesting Astronomy Links:
Wadsworth STUDY AIDES
INFOTRAC: Popular Science Articles
Solar System Stuff
SETI Home Page
Hands On Universe
NASA's Hubble Constant site
Astronomy Now magazine
Sky & Telescope magazine
Check out my home page.