Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics 110: Astronomy & Cosmology

COURSE OUTLINE – Summer 2016

TIME & LOCATION

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-10:00 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

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. Grading, 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 lectures, 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 Tuesday, July 26 and a final exam on Tuesday, August 16.  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

 

7/12 (T)

  • Introduction
  • Light and Telescopes
  • Sun and Other Stars

5 (p. 80)

7 (p.116)

3 (p. 43)

8

2

 

7/14 (R)

 

  • Stellar Properties
  • Stellar Evolution
  • Q1

8 & 9

3

7/19 (T)

  • Stellar Evolution
  • Q2

9

4

7/21 (R)

  • White Dwarfs
  • Neutron Stars
  • Black holes
  • Q3

10

5

7/26 (T)

  • Relativity
  • MIDTERM EXAM (Ch. 8, 9, 10)

 

6

7/28 (R)

  • Galaxies
  • Q4

11

7

8/2 (T)

  • The Distance Scale and Hubble’s Law
  • Q5

12

8

8/4 (R)

  • Early Universe
  • Q6

13

9

8/9 (T)

·         Dark Matter & Dark Energy

·         Q7

14

10

8/11 (R)

  • Dark Matter & Dark Energy, con’t.
  • Life in the Universe
  • Q8

14 & 15

11

8/16 (T)

  • FINAL EXAM (Ch. 11 - 15)