Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics 109: Astronomy & Cosmology

COURSE OUTLINE – SUMMER 2015

 

TIME & LOCATION

Monday/Wednesday

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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

We will be using the Sakai system for this course.  Go to sakai.rutgers.edu and log in using your RUID and password.  Click on the “Phys 109” tab to enter the course site.  If you have trouble logging in, please send me an email. 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).

 

HOMEWORK

There is no homework.

 

LECTURE QUIZZES

 

At the end of most lectures (see the class calendar), there will be a 10-question lecture quiz on the material covered thus far.  In calculating your final grade, I will drop one lowest quiz score.

 

EXAMS

There will be two exams: an in-class midterm exam on Wednesday, June 10 and a final exam on Wednesday, July 1.  Both exams will be closed-book format, and will consist of 30 multiple-choice, computer-graded questions.  Material from the text, lectures, and quizzes will be used in selecting exam questions.  The final exam will not be cumulative.  Make-up exams will be offered for those with excused absences.

 

GRADING

Your course grade will be determined by: midterm – 30%, final – 30%, lecture quizzes – 40%.  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.

 

CLASS CALENDAR

CLASS

DATE

TOPIC

READING

 

1

 

5/27 (W)

  • Introduction
  • Our place in space and time
  • Understanding the sky

1 & 2

2

 

6/1 (M)

 

  • Understanding the sky
  • Q1

2

3

6/3 (W)

  • Understanding the sky
  • History of astronomy
  • Gravity
  • Q2

2 & 3

4

6/8 (M)

  • History of astronomy
  • Gravity
  • Formation of the solar system
  • Q3

3 & 4

5

6/10 (W)

  • The inner solar system
  • MIDTERM EXAM (Ch. 1 – 4)

5

6

6/15 (M)

  • The inner solar system
  • Q4

5

7

6/17 (W)

  • The outer solar system
  • Q5

6

8

6/22 (M)

  • Light and Spectroscopy
  • Planets around other stars
  • Q6

5 (p. 80);

7; 8 (p. 132)

9

6/24 (W)

·         Sun

·         Q7

8

10

6/29 (M)

  • Sun
  • Optics and telescopes
  • Q8

8, 3 (p. 43)

11

7/1 (W)

  • Review
  • FINAL EXAM (Ch. 5 – 8)