Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics 109-002: Astronomy & Cosmology

COURSE OUTLINE - Fall 2017

 

TIME & LOCATION

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:40 pm -8:00 pm

Physics Lecture Hall, Busch Campus

 

INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Andres Jerez

Office: Serin Labs (East) 272, Busch Campus

Email: jerez@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Office hours: By Appointment

 

 

TEXTBOOK

 

 

The Cosmic Perspective: Fundamentals, 2nd edition

Authors: Bennett, Donohue, Schneider & Voit

ISBN: 978-0133889567

Paperback

COURSE WEB PAGE

The Sakai system is an integral part of this course.  Go to sakai.rutgers.edu and log in using your RUID and password.  Click on the "ASTRONOMY&COSMOLOGY 02 F17" tab to enter the course site.  If you have trouble logging in, please send me an email. Homework assignments, important information about the course, and useful links to websites will be posted here, so check it regularly.  You can access Sakai using your own computer, or any of the student computing center machines (for locations and hours, see rucs.rutgers.edu/services/instruction/index.html).

 

STUDENT RESPONSE SYSTEM

We will be using a color-coded response system when discussing questions in class. In order to obtain a phone app or an actual printout, please go to http://www.caperteam.com/classroom-resources-1/ and follow the instructions in the page. You should have the student response system available at every lecture.

 

HOMEWORK

Homework will be assigned, done, and graded weekly using Sakai. Homework assignment will be due on Tuesdays before 6 PM. The assignments will be announced in class and in Sakai. No late submission will be accepted. However, I will drop two of the lowest grades in the calculation of the grade.

It can be beneficial to discuss homework questions with your fellow students, but your submitted answers must be your own. Simply asking a classmate for the answer to a problem is exploitation, not discussion. Representing someone else's work as your own is a serious infringement of academic integrity that is reportable to your College Dean

EXAMS

There will be a midterm exam and a final exam. The midterm exam will be held in place of class in the Physics Lecture Hall on Thursday, October 19th. The Final Exam will be held at the Physics Lecture Hall on Tuesday December 19th, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. All exams will be closed-book/laptop/phone format, and will consist of multiple-choice, computer-graded questions. Material from the text and lectures and homework assignments will be used in selecting exam questions. Make-up exams will be offered for those with excused absences. You must bring a photo ID and a pencil to the exams.


 

GRADING

Your course grade will be determined by: midterm - 33%, final - 33%, homework - 34%. No extra-credit assignments will be offered. The course grade will be assigned based on the following grade matrix:

 

85% -100% A

80% - 85% B+

70% - 80% B

65% - 70% C+

50% - 65% C

40% - 50% D

0% - 40% F

 

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

If you have a disability, you are urged to speak to me early in the semester to make the necessary arrangements to support a successful learning experience. More information is available here.

 

PUBLIC OBSERVATORY NIGHTS

 

The Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory at the Physics Department is open to the public, weather permitting, every second, third, and fourth Thursday of the month. More information available here

 

CLASS CALENDAR

WEEK

DATE

TOPIC

READING

1

9/5 & 9/7

  • Introduction
  • Our place in Space and Time

1

2

9/12 & 9/14 

  • Understanding the Sky

2

3

9/19 & 9/21

  • Understanding the Sky

2

4

9/26 & 9/28

  • Beginnings of Modern Astronomy

3

5

10/3 & 10/5

  • Two New Sciences

 3

6

10/10 & 10/12

  • Formation of the Solar System

4

7

10/17 & 10/19

  • Formation of the Solar System
  • Midterm Exam (Ch. 1 4)

4

8

10/24 & 10/26

  • Terrestrial Planets

5

9

10/31 & 11/2

  • Jovian Planets

6

10

11/7 & 11/9

  • Asteroids, Comets, Meteorites

6

11

11/14 & 11/16

  • Light and Spectroscopy

5 (p.80), 7(p.116), 8(p.132) 

12

11/21

  • Planets around other stars

7

13

11/28 & 11/30

  • Planets around other stars
  • Optics and Telescopes

7, 3(p.43)

14

12/5 & 12/7

12/12

  • The Sun

8

 

12/19

  • Final Exam (8:00 pm-11:00 pm)