s Geoff Mathews - Astro 110
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Astronomy 110


Class times and location:

Tuesday / Thursday, 10:30 and 12:00

PSB 217

Instructor:

Geoff Mathews, mathewsg@hawaii.edu

Office: Watanabe 402

Office hours, Tues. / Thurs 9:30 - 10:15, 2:00 - 3:00

Teaching Assistants (Hours)

Section 1, 10:30 a.m., Max Service, mws@ifa.hawaii.edu

Section 2, 12:00 p.m., Li-Yen Hsu , lyh@ifa.hawaii.edu

Class information:

Text: "Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide the Universe, 7th edition" by Chaisson & McMillan

Also using: Mastering Astronomy


Lectures and assignments

Date Lecture Assignment Due date
August 27, 2013 Course introduction, start of eyeball astronomy Read Ch. 0 and 1 August 29th
Positions and motions in class activity
Participation 1 (on Mastering Astronomy) August 29, 10 a.m.
HW 0 - learning to use Mastering September 3
August 29, 2013 The motions of the earth Read Ch. 1 Sept. 3
Participation 2 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 3, 10:30 a.m.
HW 1 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 6, 5 p.m.
Seasonal stars tutorial
Seasons #4 in-class activity
Seasons #5 in-class activity
September 3, 2013 The motions of the moon, and measuring distances Read Ch. 1 Sept. 5
Participation 3 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 5, 10:30 a.m.
HW 1 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 6, 5 p.m.
Moon phases tutorial
September 5, 2013 Parallax and planetary motions Read Ch. 2 Sept. 5
Participation 4 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 10, 10:30 a.m.
HW 2 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 13, 5 p.m.
The parsec tutorial
September 10, 2013 Forces, Newton's Laws, and gravity Read Ch. 2 Sept. 10
Participation 5 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 12, 10:30 a.m.
HW 2 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 13, 5 p.m.
Please bring back the tutorial for Thursday: Newton's laws and gravity
September 12, 2013 Gravity, and the nature of light Read Ch. 2 Sept. 12
Participation 6 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 17, 10:30 a.m.
HW 3 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 22, 11:59 p.m.
Newton's laws and gravity tutorial
September 17, 2013 Using light to measure temperatures and composition Read Ch. 3 Sept. 19
Participation 7 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 19, 10:30 a.m.
HW 3 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 22, 11:59 p.m.
Blackbody radiation tutorial
September 19, 2013 Using light to measure velocities, and introduction to telescopes Read Ch. 4 Sept. 24
Participation 8 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 24, 10:30 a.m.
HW 4 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 29, 11:59 p.m.
Doppler shift ranking exercise
September 24, 2013 Telescopes, the atmosphere, and solar system introduction Read Ch. 4 Sept. 26
Participation 9 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 26, 10:30 a.m.
HW 4 (on Mastering Astronomy) September 29, 11:59 p.m.
Telescopes and the atmosphere
September 26, 2013 Solar system formation Read Ch. 5 Oct. 1
Participation 10 (on Mastering Astronomy) Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m.
HW 5 (on Mastering Astronomy) October 6, 11:59 p.m.
Planet formation
October 1, 2013 Planet formation and extra-solar planets Read Ch. 5 Oct. 1
Participation 11 (on Mastering Astronomy) Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m.
HW 5 (on Mastering Astronomy) October 6, 11:59 p.m.
Doppler detection of exoplanets
October 3, 2013 Terrestrial planets Read Ch. 6,7 Oct. 8
Participation 12 (on Mastering Astronomy) Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m.
HW 6 (on Mastering Astronomy) October 13, 11:59 p.m.

Cool astro / science links

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Zooniverse (scientists need YOUR help)
EU Universe Awareness (educational outreach, current astronomy news re-written for kids)
Radio lab (the most amusing and engaging take I've heard on science in general)
Science Friday (current science news)
Byte Marks Cafe (Hawaiian science and tech news)

Skills practice

Here are a few quick links to get you started, until I can put together some resources.
Skill Links
Scientific notation Khan Academy has a series of lessons
and the option to practice
Unit conversions again, Khan Academy
Solving one step equations again, Khan Academy
and the option to practice
Qualitatively interpreting functions searching and / or writing