Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics 110-002: Astronomy & Cosmology

COURSE OUTLINE - Spring 2016

 

TIME & LOCATION

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

 

Physics Lecture Hall (PLH), Busch Campus

 

INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Andres Jerez

Office: Serin Labs (West) 327, Busch Campus

Email: jerez@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Office hours: By Appointment

 

TEXTBOOK

http://physics.rutgers.edu/ugrad/110/9780133889567_l.jpg.gifThe Cosmic Perspective: Fundamentals, 2nd edition

Authors: Bennett, Donohue, Schneider & Voit

ISBN: 978-0321566959

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 "ASTRONOMY&COSMOLOGY 02 Sp16" 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

Homework will be assigned, done, and graded weekly using Sakai. Homework assignment will be due on Tuesdays before 5 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 examThemidterm exam will be held in place of class in the Physics Lecture Hall on Thursday, March 10th. The final will be on Thursday, May 5th from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm, in the Physics Lecture Hall. 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%, and homework - 33%. 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

 

1/19 & 21

  • Introduction
  • Light and Telescopes

1, 5 (p. 80)

3 (p. 43)

2

 

1/26 & 28

 

  • Sun and Other Stars
  • Stellar Properties

8

3

2/2 & 4

  • Stellar evolution

8 & 9

4

2/9 & 11

  • Stellar evolution

9

5

2/16 & 18

  • White dwarfs
  • Neutron stars

10

6

2/23 & 25

  • Black holes

10

7

3/1 & 3

  • Relativity

10

8

3/8 & 10

  • Milky Way, Our Galaxy
  • Midterm (Pencil, Eraser, ID)

11

 

3/15 & 27

Spring Break (no class)

 

9

3/22 & 24

·       Galaxies

11

10

3/29 & 31

·       The Distance Scale and Hubble's Law

12

11

4/5 & 7

  • Early Universe

13

12

4/12 & 14

  • Inflation

13

13

4/19 & 21

  • Dark Matter and Dark Energy

14

14

4/26 & 28

  • Dark Matter and Dark Energy

14