Course description:

This is an introductory course in Astronomy, designed for non-majors, which fulfills U. C. Berkeley's physical sciences breadth requirement. The summer session is 6 weeks of classes, 8 hours of lecture and 2 hours of discussion section per week, with 3 exams. Class will also meet for a few evenings during the term to use the telescope.

Grading will be 50% exams, 25% homework, and 25% participation. Participation includes: attendance at lecture, discussion section, and telescope observations, joining in class discussions, and a required class presentation on a current research result. The exams are scheduled for July 20, August 3, and August 12. The first two exams are 1 hour each, and the final will be 1.5 hours and count double.

The textbook is
* Horizons: Exploring the Universe * (with Infotrac) by Michael Seeds.
It should be available at the Bear Student Store and Ned's.

Course outline:

Homework assignments are due in my mailbox in 601 Campbell by 1PM of the day shown below. You are expected to read the corresponding chapteras well. Late homework gets half credit, no credit once solutions have been handed out.

RQ = Review Questions, DQ = Discussion Questions, and P = Problems

7/7 Ch 1 RQ 4,10 and P 2,5 AND Ch 2 RQ 4,11,15 and P 1,3,5

7/8 Ch 3 RQ 2,5,8,10 and P 3,4

7/12 Ch 4 RQ 1,2,7,9,10,12,14 and P 1,3,5

7/13 Ch 5 RQ 1,3,13 and P 1, 5

7/14 Ch 6 RQ 1,4,6,8,9,14,15 and P 1,3,5

7/15 Ch 7 RQ 2,9,14 and P 1,5

7/19 Ch 8 RQ 1,7,14 and P 1,3

7/22 Ch 9 RQ 2,3,4,7,9,11,13,15 and P 3,5

7/26 Ch 10 RQ 1,6,8,12 and P 5 AND Ch 11 RQ 2,7,12 and DQ 1 and P 1

7/27 Ch 12 RQ 1,6,7,9,14 and P 4

7/29 Ch 13 RQ 1,5,6,8 and P 3

8/2 Ch 14 RQ 5,9,10,15 and P 5

8/3 Ch 15 RQ 3,5,7 and P 3 (remember to redshift by z=1000)and P 4 (answer in g/cm^3)

8/9 Ch 16 RQ 2,4,7,12 and P 3 AND Ch 17 RQ 1,5,9,15 and P 2

8/10 Ch 18 RQ 1,5,6,11,14 AND Ch 19 RQ 5,6,13 and DQ 3 and P 2

8/11 Ch 20 RQ 2,5,12,15 and P 5

Here is a list of concepts that you were invited to study for the 2nd exam.

Here is a list of concepts that you were invited to study for the 1st exam.

Please describe the "distance ladder" used by astronomers to determine the distances to nearby stars, distant parts of our Galaxy, nearby galaxies, and distant galaxies. Define "standard candle" and mention a few in your answer. You do not need to include every technique that is used but should cover all major rungs in the ladder.

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