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Astronomy 109 Spring 2019

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Astronomy 109 Spring 2019 Web Page   www.physics.rutgers.edu/~croft/A109-19.html
Instructor:Prof. Mark Croft/Serin113/848-445-8746/croft AT physics.rutgers.edu/TF noon-1:20 PM
Text: ASTRONOMY TODAY V.1:SOLAR SYSTEM 9th edition by Chaisson & McMillan  Pearson  [ISBN: 9780134566221]  
Lectures: Tues. Fri. 12:00-1:20 PM
Office hours: 1 hour before and after every Lecture (PLH)
lecture notes are on Sakai
Note:  lec-01...pdf  means pdf-file of lecture number 1.

!!Announcements:
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Note: Cell phone/wireless connected devices on one's person during the tests 
is an immediate honor code violation. Such devices must be turned-off and stored
out of sight in a backpack/bag.

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0] MIDTERM PLH Tues. Mar. 12  12:00-1:20 PM
1] Homework/Quizzes are a major part of the grade!  Do not fail to do them !! 
2] Lecture Notes in the lecture note directory linked above.
3] Follow space in the news and current sky charts at:  Sky & Telescope

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Schedule  
Wk Lect	Day Date	Subject	                       Chapt. HW Due  Readings & Demonstrations
1   1   T   Jan	22   Introduction & celestial motions	  1, A1-A3	
1   2   F   Jan	25   Seasons and eclipses                 1	
2   3   T   Jan	29   Ancient & Greek astronomy            2         Additional Reading 
2   4   F   Feb	1    Earth centered universe              2	HW1
3   5   T   Feb	5    The Copernican revolution            2	     Galileo’s d=at2/2 experiment and graph
3   6   F   Feb	8    Kepler's Laws & Galileo's telescope  2	HW2  Galileo’s inclined plane demo 
4   7   T   Feb	12   Newton: mechanics & Gravity          2	     Good Hume & Ivey reference frames video 
4   8   F   Feb	15   Light: continuous spectra            3	HW3  Law of Inertia - moving 
5   9   T   Feb	19   Atoms: emission & absorption lines   4	
5  10   F   Feb	22   Telescopes and instruments           5	HW4
6  11   T   Feb	26   Solar System: Overview & Formation   6	
6  12   F   Mar	1    Solar System: Overview & Formation   6	HW5
7  13   T   Mar	5    The Earth: atmosphere and tides      7	
7  14   F   Mar	8    The Earth: interior & geology        7	

8  15   T   Mar	12  MIDTERM PLH	12:00-1:20 PM	

8  16   F   Mar	15   The Moon                             8	
9    Mar 16-24   Spring recess		
10 17   T   Mar	26   Mercury                              8	
10 18   F   Mar	29   Venus: greenhouse effect             9	HW6
11 19   T   Apr	2    Mars: geology of a mid-sized planet 10	
11 20   F   Apr	5    Mars conturd                        10	HW7
12 21   T   Apr	 9   Jupiter. a gaseous giant            11	
12 22   F   Apr	12   Jupiter's moons: mini solar system  11	HW8
13 23   T   Apr	16   Saturn & its rings                  12	
13 24   F   Apr	19   Uranus & Neptune                    13	HW9
14 25   T   Apr	23   Solar Syste Debris                  14	
14 26   F   Apr	26   The Sun: our star, solar activity   16	HW10
15 27   T   Apr	30    The Sun: cont.                      16	
15 28   F   May	3    Exoplanets                          15	HW11

   CUMULATIVE FINAL EXAM Tues May. 14, 4-7 PM  
  
Readings: The weekly reading assignments from the book are listed on the syllabus and should be
completed before the corresponding lectures. Additional reading assignments from the web will be in the lecture notes.

Homework: Complete Homework questions must be submitted before 12:00 noon on Date Due (see above).
Homework will be assigned in Sakai on a roughly weekly basis, and will be due before the start
 of class on Friday. Assignments will consist of multiple choice questions that assess your
 understanding of material covered by the previous week's lectures and assigned reading.
 Solutions will be posted later on Fridays. Your one lowest homework score will be droped in
 computing your semester average.
 
Examinations: A 80 min. Midterm; and a final (Final) 180 min. exam. The exams
are closed book.
A simple calculator (for selected problems) and a no. 2 pencil are needed for the exams.  
The exams are multiple choice.  The exam dates are noted on the syllabus.    

Grades: The course grade will be determined by your scores on: 
    Homework (25%); Midterm (25%); Final (50%).
In determining your Homework grade the one lowest score will be droped.  
 
 Class Policies and Resources: click here

Selected advanced/other topics. Earth-Moon System. Equipartition of Energy Theorem. Halley Comet 1986.