PHYSICS 1305

FALL 2012

DR. PINSKY

SECTION 16129 (MWF 11:00-12:00, SEC-102)

Office Hours:  MWF 10-11 in Room 412 SR1

Email:  pinsky@uh.edu

INTRODUCTORY ASTRONOMY: THE SOLAR SYSTEM


DATE

SUBJECT

Assignments & Comments

AUG. 27 M

I. ASTRONOMY: AN OVERVIEW 

 

29 W

II. THE EARLY HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY

Begin C & McM/CHAPTER 1.1-1.2, 1.4, 2.1-2.6

31 F

 

 

SEPT. 3 M

LABOR DAY HOLIDAY (NO CLASS)

 

5 W

 

 

7 F

 

 

10 M

 

 

12 W

 III. NEWTON, GRAVITY AND MOTION

Begin C & McM/CHAPTER 2.7, 7.6 

LAST DAY TO DROP (WITH A REFUND)

14 F

 

HW 1 DUE (Start WebCT Assignments)

17 M

 

 

19 W

 IV. ASTRONOMICAL COORDINATES & TIME

 Begin C & McM/CHAPTER 1.3, 1.5

21 F

 

HW 2 DUE

24 M

 

LAST DAY TO DROP (WITH NO GRADE RECORDED) 

26 W

 

 

28 F

Review for EXAM 1

HW 3 DUE

OCT 1 M

 ************* EXAM 1 **************

 

3 W

V. THE EARTH

Begin C & McM/CHAPTER 6.1-6.4, 7(all)

5 F

 

 

8 M

 

 

10 W

 

 

12 F

 

 

15 M

IV. THE MOON 

HW 4 DUE, Begin C & McM/CHAPTER 1.6 & 8 (Moon)

17 W

 

 

19 F

 

 

22 M

VII. MERCURY, VENUS, AND MARS 

HW 5 DUE, Begin C & McM/CHAPTER 8 (Mercury), 9 (all), 10 (all)

24 W

 

 

26 F

 

 

29 M

 Review for EXAM 2

HW 6 DUE

31 W

************* EXAM 2 **************  

Begin C & McM/CHAPTER 11 (all)

NOV. 2 F

VIII. JUPITER & ITS MOONS

(Fri. Nov. 2 is the LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW WITH A "W" AS A GRADE)

5 M

 

 

7 W

 

 

9 F

 

 

12 M

IX. SATURN, URANUS, NEPTUNE, AND PLUTO

Begin C & McM/CHAPTER 12 (all) and 13 (all)

14 W

 

 

16 F

X. COMETS, METEOROIDS, AND ASTEROIDS 

HW 7 DUE,  Begin C & McM/CHAPTER 6.4-6.5, 14 (all)

19 M

 

 

21 W

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

(NO CLASS)

23 F

 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

(NO CLASS)

26 M

XI. THE SUN 

HW 8 DUE, Begin C & McM/CHAPTER 16 (all)

28 W

 

 

30 F

 

 

DEC. 3 M

 XII. THE ORIGIN OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

HW 9 DUE, Begin C & McM/CHAPTER 6.7 and 15 (all)

5 W

Review for EXAM 3

HW 10 DUE All make-up exams must be completed by the last day of lectures (Dec. 3) unless otherwise announced!  No Early exams AND NO MAKE-UPS if you miss Exam 3

7 F

************* EXAM 3 **************  

(Last Official Class Day for the course)

10 M

Make-Up Day for Officially Cancelled Classes

(ONLY IF NEEDED, AND OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED BY THE UNIVERSITY)

DEC. 14 F

********* FINAL EXAM**********

11:00 - 12:00 (NO early finals given!!!  Exam Ends at 12:00)

TEXTBOOK (REQUIRED):  ASTRONOMY TODAY, by Chaisson and McMillan (C & McM), 7th (or 8th) ed.  (Either Hard Copy or Electronic Versions are acceptable)

There is also an ASTRONOMY COURSES HOME PAGE that contains many interesting and useful links...

The Physics department provides a LEARNING CENTER in Room 416 SR1 staffed with tutors to help you with this course.  While the LEARNING CENTER itself is open Monday-Thursday all day and Friday mornings, consult the posted schedule for the times when ASTRONOMY tutors will specifically be present.  At times when ASTRONOMY tutors are not present, the normal physics tutors may be able to help with physics-related questions, but may not be comfortable in dealing with the more Astronomy-specific questions.  These tutors are there to aid you in understanding the subject, including helping you with conceptual problems you have in answering your homework questions.  They are not there to do your homework for you.
 
The following Additional References are listed as suggested sources for additional supplementary material.  Students are NOT required to purchase of read any of these Additional References.  Most of these can be found on reserve in the library.

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES:

ASTRONOMY: Journey to the Cosmic Frontier, 3rd Ed., by John D. Fix

THE COSMIC PERSPECTIVE by Bennett, Donahue,Schneider and Voit

ABELL'S EXPLORATION OF THE UNIVERASE by Morrison, Wolff and Fraknoi(MWF)
THE PLANETARY SYSTEM, BY Morrison & Owen (M&O)
MOONS AND PLANETS by Hartman
UNIVERSE by Kaufmann & Freedman (5th ed)
FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY by Michale A. Seeds (4th ed.)
ASTRONOMY FROM THE EARTH TO THE UNIVERSE by Pasachoff (4th ed.)
EXPLORATIONS: AN INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY by Arny (2nd ed.)
ASTRONOMY TODAY by Chaisson & McMillan (3rd ed.)
COSMOS by Sagan
UNIVERSE: ORIGINS AND EVOLUTIUON by Snow and Brownsberger
ASTRONOMY: THE EVOLVING UNIVERSE by Zeilik
IN QUEST OF THE UNIVERSE by Kuhn  

GRADING: WARNING. There will be pop-quizzes and missing them can be hazardous to your grade. Pop quizzes CANNOT be dropped or made-up! The TWO lowest homework grades will be dropped, and the remaining homework grades will be combined to count as the equivalent of one EXAM. The FINAL will be comprehensive and will count as one EXAM as well. All exam and homework dates except the final are subject to change.  All schedule change swill be announced in class, and an effort will be made to keep this web page current, but in all cases the dates announced in class will control.