Physics 109

This list of topics may be updated as the semester proceeds. More details are provided in our Sakai site.

CLASS DATE TOPIC READING NOTES DUE
1 T 1/19 Introduction Chap 1
2 F 1/22 Understanding the Sky 2.1 practice clicker questions; applet: motions in the sky
3 T 1/26 Learning from the Sun and Moon 2.1, 2.2 first regular clicker questions
4 F 1/29 Learning from the Sun and Moon (cont'd) applets: seasons, Moon phases HW 1
5 T 2/2 Greek and Renaissance Astronomy 2.3, T2*, 3.1, 3.2 applet: parallax
6 F 2/5 Greek and Renaissance Astronomy (cont'd) applet: planetary motion HW 2
7 T 2/9 Newton's Laws of Motion and Gravity 3.3, T4, T6
8 F 2/12 Newton's Laws of Motion and Gravity (cont'd) HW 3 (figure)
9 T 2/16 Tour of the Solar System 4.1
10 F 2/19 Tour of the Solar System (cont'd) HW 4
11 T 2/23 Formation of the Solar System 4.2, 4.3 applet: coin toss
12 F 2/26 Formation of the Solar System (cont'd) HW 5
13 T 3/1 Light and Telescopes T3, T5, T7, T8, T9 applets: blackbody, gas
14 F 3/4 Light and Telescopes (cont'd) HW 6
15 T 3/8 Midterm exam (in class)
16 F 3/11 Waves and Sound
T 3/15 No class: spring break
F 3/18 No class: spring break
17 T 3/22 Planetary Atmospheres 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
18 F 3/25 Planetary Atmospheres (cont'd)
19 T 3/29 Planetary Surfaces and Interiors 5.1, 5.2
20 F 4/1 Planetary Surfaces and Interiors (cont'd) HW 7
21 T 4/5 Jovian Planets and Moons 6.1
22 F 4/8 Jovian Planets and Moons (cont'd) HW 8
23 T 4/12 Jovian Planets and Moons (cont'd)
24 F 4/15 Pluto and Beyond 6.2, 6.3 HW 9
25 T 4/19 Exoplanets Chap 7
26 F 4/22 Exoplanets (cont'd) HW 10
27 T 4/26 Life in the Universe? Chap 15
28 F 4/29 review HW 11
Th 5/5 Final exam, noon-3pm, in our regular classroom
TBD Makeup final exam
You must contact me in order to be eligible for the makeup exam.

*Note: TN means the "Tools of Science" box in Chapter N.

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