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Welcome (back) to Intro Astronomy AST 1002 -107/108 Dr. Dan Caton Lab: Kelly Kluttz and Paul Robinson
Astronomy at ASU u ~8 -12 majors and a few grad students u I am one of 3 Ph. D. astronomers u Me: BA & MA, USF; Ph. D. Univ. Fla.
Office Hours… Around more than this …
Tele-Communication u 262‑ 2446 (fax -2049) u Campus e-mail: catondb (I check my email all day (M-F) and will reply) u Internet: [email protected] edu u Read or forward your ASU email! u World Wide Web homepage: www. Dan. Caton. name u WWW page for this course: found on the Web. CT system
Textbooks u The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, Pasachoff and Filippenko, 2001. This is a paperback issued to you at the bookstore under the lease plan. Note that there is a different text used by the other sections of AST 1002 -make sure you get the right book! u Introductory Astronomy Lab Manual, sold in a 3‑ring binder, in the bookstore. You should still have this! How many of you need to buy this?
Where and when… u. Lecture: CAP 150, 3: 30‑ 4: 45 Tuesday & Thursday. u. Lab: Rankin 354, Thursday night as scheduled. Starting this week? (may swap early/late with approval)
Attendance… u Lecture Attendance: Lecture attendance is expected since exams are based primarily on lecture material. Attendance will also be checked with randomly given pop quizzes. Students missing lecture classes are responsible for finding out from their classmates whethere were any announced lab schedule changes. u Lab Attendance: Read onerous rules…
Exams u. Two one-hour exams u. The Final Exam is part “Exam 3” and part comprehensive, and is scheduled for 9: 00 am - 11: 30 m, on Thursday, May 8, 2003, in CAP 150
Special Needs Students with special disabilities are invited to disclose special needs to the instructor.
Homework exercises are to be done first on scratch paper and then neatly copied, in pencil, onto the paper provided, and turned in at the beginning of the class session on the due date. Messy work or folded/crumpled papers will receive a reduced grade. Homework grading includes grammar, spelling, and correct use of math and significant figures. No credit will be given for homework turned in after it has been graded and returned.
Grades u. See syllabus for weighting of grades u+ one letter based on participation, positive or negative (that’s life…). Positive: discussion, etc. Negative: interruptions, cells, etc. u. Grades will be posted on Web. CT u. Seniors do not have to graduate… u. Scale … nominal
Extra Credit Extra credit work is not assigned or accepted. This is because such work is usually done in lieu of the required work that has been assigned as part of a logically thought-out curriculum, and is thus illogical
Schedule u. Chapters 9 -20 (shorter book) u. Side discussions as they develop u No topical schedule planned
Caffeine / nicoteine break
Objective #1: Pseudo/Science 1. Astrology 2. Psychics 3. Homeopathic medicine 4. UFOs
Objective #2: Numbers u. Measure, record data u. Treatment of numbers u. Computer use u. Systems, theories and models u. Theory / data match + errors u. Interpretation of graphs, such as…
… this Let’s look a little closer …
… at the data:
Objective #3: Language u. The language of science: astronomical terms u. Scientific publications
Objective #4: The Web u Resources u Evaluating a Web site – how easy it is to publish.
Objective #5: Science as a Human Activity u Environment u Global warming u Nuclear waste u End of oil era u Big Science $ u Science & military u Science in the media
Topics: our Sun
Multiple Stars: Binaries and Clusters
Galaxies: Ours and Others
Cosmology Whoops! This is cosmetology….
Cosmology: past and future of the Universe
Exobiology and SETI