Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics 110-001: Astronomy & Cosmology

COURSE OUTLINE – Spring 2015

 

TIME & LOCATION

Wednesdays, 11:30 am  12:50 pm

Fridays,              1:10 pm     2:30 pm

Scott Hall (CAC), College Avenue Campus

 

INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Andres Jerez

Office: Serin Labs (West) 327, Busch Campus

Email: jerez@scarletmail.rutgers.edu      

Office hours: By Appointment

 

TEXTBOOK

Cosmic Perspective Bennett 1st edThe Cosmic Perspective: Fundamentals, 1st edition

Authors: Bennett, Donohue, Schneider & Voit

ISBN: 978-0321567048

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 110” 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).

 

HOMEWORK

There is no graded Homework

 

LECTURE QUIZZES

At the end of most Tuesday lectures, there will be a 5-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 four exams: Three in-class exams on Friday, February 13, Friday, March 13, and Friday, April 17 , and a final exam on TBA.  All exams will be closed-book format, and will consist of multiple-choice, computer-graded questions.  Material from the text and lectures and quizzes will be used in selecting exam questions.  The final exam will be cumulative.  Make-up exams will be offered for those with excused absences.

 

GRADING

Your course grade will be determined by: exams – 20% each, final – 30%, quizzes – 10%.  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

WEEK

DATE

TOPIC

READING

 

1

 

1/21 & 23

  • Introduction
  • Light and Telescopes

1, 5 (p. 80)

3 (p. 43)

2

 

1/28 & 30

 

  • Sun and Other Stars
  • Stellar Properties

8

3

2/4 & 6

  • Stellar evolution

8 & 9

4

2/11 & 13

  • Stellar evolution
  • Test 1, (Pencil, Eraser, ID)

9

5

2/18 & 20

  • White dwarfs
  • Neutron stars

10

6

2/25 & 27

  • Black holes

10

7

3/4 &  6

  • Relativity

10

8

3/11 & 13

  • Milky Way, Our Galaxy
  • Test 2 (Pencil, Eraser, ID)

11

 

3/18 & 20

Spring Break

 

9

3/25 & 27

·         Galaxies

 

10

4/1 & 3

·         The Distance Scale and Hubble’s Law

12

11

4/8 & 10

  • Early Universe

13

12

4/15 & 17

  • Inflation
  • Test 3 (Pencil, Eraser, ID)

13

13

4/22 & 24

  • Dark Matter and Dark Energy

14

14

4/29 & 5/1

  • Dark Matter and Dark Energy

14