UPDATED on April 27 due to an error -- most grades are about 4 points HIGHER than originally posted -- sorry! Preliminary grades as of April 25, 2011, have been posted on masteringastronomy.com. There are still open extra credit opportunities, and the final exam, to raise your grade. In the event a low grade seems likely and you're interested in retaking ASTR 1050, it is being offered in the first summer session starting in May by one of the graduate students in our department.
Friday February 11. Exam #1 is 50 questions multiple choice covering chapters 1-5 of the textbook. Constants and equations will be provided. Bring your own BLUE 5 ANSWER answer sheet and a calculator. There is a practice text on masteringastronomy.com. There will be a review session in the astronomy lab room Wednesday evening at 7pm.
Extra Credit Activities NEW: Twice per semester, due by the last class day: read and write a report about a story at Diamonds in the Sky. I prefer hardcopies, but email will do in a pinch. I am looking for about 1 page written, commenting on the sciecne in the story, and how you liked it (or not). I suggest only doing stories for which we've covered the material in class so far, but that's only a suggestion. UPDATE: Last show of the year is Friday April 29!!! There is still time. Planetarium shows are Friday nights, 7pm, under the Physical Sciences Building. Go to one show during the semester, turn in a receipt to me with your name on it, and earn the equivalent of 25 homework points (about 1 homework assignment). Once per semester, find a youtube video from a movie or a tv show (not a documentary) that includes some astronomy. Email me the link and write a short paragraph explaining the astronomy in the clip and whether or not it was correct. Other opportunities coming soon...
Some supplemental items/links.The German website for research into the galactic center.Hubble Gotchu Video.You may also be interested to check out WIRO Gotchu.Online Animations/Demos for astronomy: DATA: Demos and Animation for Teaching Astronomy and Eric's Sandquist's Astro 101 Animations.The video for Powers of TenA previous student pointed out this webpage that helps illustrate the phases of the moon. This will be useful very soon. Note that if you click on the demos link on top, there are other demos concerning Kepler's Laws, retrograde motion, and other topics in upcoming chapters.
ATTENTION: Preliminary grades are now posted on masteringastronomy.com. They do not include the last test, homework, extra credit homework, or make-up lab. To improve your grade, make-up missing labs, do the extra credit, and beat your test average. There is a practice test available on masteringastronomy.com already. The last test covers Chapters 14-23 (excluding 21), with only very basic information from the last two chapters. There will be a review session Wednesday evening, 7pm, in the astronomy lab. See you there.
Some information concerning the last test. It will cover chapters 14 through 23, NOT INCLUDING chapter 21. There will be a final homework due over chapters 22 and 23 that will be extra credit due the last day of class. The will be a regular homework due Wednesday Dec. 1 on chapters 18-20, and a review session Wednesday evening. There will only be a few simple test questions from the last two chapters, and the information needed to answer them will be covered in class.
ATTENTION: Regarding the exam on Monday, Oct. 25. There is a practice exam available on masteringastronomy.com. There will be a review session Sunday evening in the astronomy lab room at 7pm. Note the HW due Friday and the extra credit HW due Monday.
ATTENTION: The test over chapters 1-3 is on Monday Sep. 20. Here is a practice test that should be similar to the real exam (feel free to use the appendices in the textbook with the practice exam, which I will copy and add to the official exam on Monday). Answer Key. There will be a review session in the astronomy lab on Sunday evening at 7pm. The exam one answer key.
Some supplemental items/links.That webpage about the black hole in the galactic center I showed in class.A list of available tutors: astronomy major Al Keene Ph# 307 275 2180, astronomy graduate student Dave Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org).Bradley William McCaskill is a supplemental instructor like Cheyenne, but for Physics, and is happy to work with astronomy students. His email is email@example.com and he has an office in PS112. Online Animations/Demos for astronomy: DATA: Demos and Animation for Teaching Astronomy and Eric's Sandquist's Astro 101 Animations.An article about the changing constellations and The Sky in September.An article about the changing constellations and The Sky in September.The video for Sizes of the planets and stars. (AKA You are not the center of the universe.)A previous student pointed out this webpage that helps illustrate the phases of the moon. This will be useful very soon. Note that if you click on the demos link on top, there are other demos concerning Kepler's Laws, retrograde motion, and other topics in upcoming chapters. 2b1af7f3a8