ASTRONOMY 10 – SUMMER 2017

GENERAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Week

#

Date

Topics and Activities

Textbook

Reading

Assignment

 

Due at 11:59pm !!

 

1a

 

6/13

Tue

Enrollment Check, Introduction and Objectives

 

Overview of Astronomy and the Universe

Distance and Time Scales, The Scientific Method

 

Preface

 

Log into

 Mastering Astronomy

 

6/13

 

1b

 

6/14

Planetarium Sky Demonstrations – Terminology and Motions

Seasons

 

Third hour A   (in ST-2)

 

Chapter 1

 

 

Assignment 00

 

6/18

Sun.

 

1c

 

6/15

Moon Phases, Eclipses.

Early History and the Geocentric Models. Science and the Heliocentric Model. Ptolemy, Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Galileo

 

Chapter 2

 

Assignment 01

 

6/18

Sun.

 

2a

 

6/20

Tue

Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion & the Law of Universal Gravitation

Surface Gravity, Escape Velocity, Tides, and Precession

 

 

Chapter 3

 

 

Assignment 02

 

6/21

2b

6/21

 Third hour B, Third Hour C  (in ST-2)

Chapter 4

 

 

 

 

2c

 

6/22

Properties of Light, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Wien’s Law

Atoms and Spectra, the Doppler Shift, Atmospheric Absorption

 

 

Chapter 5

 

Assignment 03

 

6/23

 

3a

 

6/27

Tue

Structure, Dynamics of the Solar System.

Overview of  the planets , and origin of the Solar System

Earth and moon system

 

Take-Home Midterm Available (Part 1 – 40 pts)

 

Chapter 6

 

 

Assignment 04

 

6/28

3b

6/29

 Third hour D, Third Hour E  (in ST-2)

 

 

 

 

 

3c

 

6/30

Terrestrial Planets – Mercury, Venus and Mars

Why are the Terrestrial Planets So Different

 

 

Chapter 7

 

Assignment 05

 

6/30

 

4a

 

 

7/04

(Holiday)

No Classes.  Overview of the Outer Planets

The Jovian Planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

Solar System Rings and their Moons

 

Chapter 8

 

Assignment 06

 

7/5

 

4b

 

7/05

 

 

Third hour F, Third hour G ( in ST-2)

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

4c

 

7/06 

Solar System Debris (Asteroids, Comets, Meteors)

Dwarf Planets Pluto, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt

 

 

Chapter 9

 

Assignment 07

 

7/7

 

 

5a

 

 

7/11

Tue

Take-Home Midterm (Part 1,40 pts.) Due today  by 10:00 am

Extra Credit (first 10 pts) – Due today

 

Midterm (Bring Scantron 882 and #2 Pencils)

 

Physical Characteristics and Processes of the Sun

 

 

Chapter 10

 

 

Midterm – On Line

 

 

7/12

 

5b

 

 

7/12

 

Properties of Stars: Temperature, Luminosity, Radius, Mass

Stellar Spectra and the HR Diagram,  

 

 

 

Chapter 11

 

 

Assignment 08

 

7/12

 

5c

 

7/13

 

Theories of Stellar Formation, Evolution, and Death

 Low mass stars, High mass stars and their life cycles.

 

SkyQuiz and Deep Sky intro

 

Chapter 12

 

Assignment 09

 

7/14

 

6a

 

 

7/18

Tue

Novae, Supernovae, and Nucleosynthesis

White Dwarfs, Pulsars and Neutron Stars

Accretion Disks and Black Holes

 

Chapter 13

 

Assignment 10

 

7/19

6b

7/19

Third hour H, Third Hour I  (in ST-2)

 

 

 

 

 

6c

 

7/20

 

The Milky Way Galaxy:  Characteristics and Dynamics

Stellar Birth and Death within the Milky Way.

The Galaxy’s core.

 

Chapter 14

 

Assignment 11

 

7/21

 

7a

 

 

7/25

Tue

Characteristics and Dynamics of Galaxies,

Quasars and other Active Galaxies.

Cepheids and standard candles, Hubble’s Law.

 

Chapter 15

 

Assignment 12

 

7/26

7b

7/26

 Third hour J, Third Hour K  (in ST-2)

 

 

 

 

 

7c

 

7/27

 

The Large Scale Structure of the Universe.

Dark Matter, and the fate of the Universe.

Cosmology – Origin, Structure, and Evolution of the Universe and the Big Bang,

 

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

 

Assignment 13

 

7/28

8a

 

8/01

Tue

Third hour L, Third Hour M  (in ST-2)

 

Study Session

 

 

 

 

8b

 

 

8/02

 

 Sky Quiz (30 pts)  and    Deep Sky Object Quiz (20 points),

 

Balance of Extra Credit Due by Start of Class TODAY!

 

 

 

 

8c

 

 

8/03

Group Effort   (20 pts)    (in ST2)

 

Final Exam (70 pts)