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PHY-1110-VY01 - Introduction to Astronomy


Synonym: 172146
Location: St. Johnsbury
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 05:30P - 08:15P
Semester Dates: 01-25-2018 to 05-03-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-25-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Mark Breen | View Faculty Credentials

Open Seats/Section Limit: 13/16 (as of 12-15-17 2:20 PM)

Course Description:

This course focuses on planets and the solar system, the evolution of stars, galaxies, and the formation of the universe. Concepts of astronomical distance, physics of light and gravity, and general relativity will be used to show how astronomers make their discoveries. Prerequisite: Basic Algebra.

Essential Objectives:

1. Apply the scientific method to create and test hypotheses as they relate to astronomy.
2. Describe the history and principal methods of astronomy.
3. Define key astronomical vocabulary and describe phenomenon such as "black holes" and "pulsars."
4. Describe the correct use of a small telescope to locate celestial objects.
5. Identify selected celestial objects.
6. Describe how various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum are used to extend our "vision" in astronomy.
7. Compare and contrast characteristics of stars, galaxies, planets, comets, meteorites, and other astronomical objects.
8. Discuss the origin of the universe using the "Big Bang Theory" as the principal cosmological model.
9. Explore the origin and evolution of stars.
10. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating, and applying quantitative data and information.

Methods:

  • Small-group and whole-class discussion

  • Mini-lecture

  • lessons in the Lyman Spitzer, Jr Planetarium (Fairbanks Museum)

  • one session of evening star-gazing (weather permitting)

  • hands-on activities, including star charts, celestial globes, and telescopes

  • weekly learning evaluations (quizzes)

  • three exams (including final exam)

  • Research paper of the student's choosing

Evaluation Criteria:

 

  • 10% Participation
  • 10% Homework assignments
  • 10% Research paper
  • 30% quizzes
  • 40% exams

 

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-:  =90% or greater; for written work, it must clearly demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these.

B+ through B-:  =80-89%;  it must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail.

C+ through C-:  =70-79%;  it must meet the expectations of the assignment, and demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail.

D+ through D-: =60-69%; it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment, and demonstrate minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail.

F: =59% or less; does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment, and demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, ***Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.***

P: Equivalent to D (+/-) or better and therefore course will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.

Textbooks:

Spring 2018 textbook data will be available on December 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

PHY-1110-VY01 Textbooks.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Mark Breen
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Gundy

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Please be aware that missing more than three (3) classes will result in a non-satisfactory grade. A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion.

Syllabus:

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Intro to Astronomy

Weekly Syllabus

 

Week 1 January 25 A Modern View of the Universe

  1. Cosmic Perspectives Fundamentals  (CPF) Chapter1

  2. Introduction to star charts

 

Week 2 February 1 Understanding the Sky

  1. CPF Chapter 2

  2. Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Planetarium, star charts

    hands-on telescope instruction, nature of light demonstrations
  3. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

 

Week 3 February 8   Changes in Our Perspective  

  1. CPF  Chapter 3

  2. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

 

Week 4 February 15 Formation of the Solar System

  1. CPF  Chapter 4 and 5

  2. Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Planetarium, star charts

  3. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

 

Week 5 February 22 Terrestrial Planets

  1. CPF Chapter 5

  2. Exam I

  3. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

 

Week 6 March 1 Earth and Moon

  1. CPF  Chapter 6

  2. Intro to astronomy software

  3. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

 

Week 7 March 8 The Outer Planets/Vagabonds of the Solar System/Exo-planets

  1. CPF  Chapter 7

  2. astronomy software explorations

  3. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

  

Week 8 March 15 Our Sun and other Stars

  1. CPF  Chapter 8

  2. meteors and demonstration

  3. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

  

Week 9 March 22 The Lives of Stars from Birth Through Middle Age

  1. CPF  Chapter 9

  2. exploring sunspot cycle

  3. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

 

Week 10 March 29 The Deaths of Stars; Black Holes: Matters of Gravity

  1. CPF  Chapter 10

  2. Exam II

  3. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

 

Week 11 April 5 The Milky Way Galaxy

  1. CPF  Chapter 11

  2. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

 

Week 12 April 12

  1. CPF  Chapter 12  Galaxies, Distances, and Evolution

  2. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

 

Week 13 April 19 Quasars and Other Active Galaxies

  1. CPF  Chapter 13

  2. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

 

Week 14 April 26 Dark Matter and Dsrk Energy

  1. DCPF  Chapter 14

  2. Homework and assignments, including guided weekly observations and investigations, Moodle classroom

 

Week 15 May 3 Cosmology and Life in the Universe

      i. CPF  Chapter 15

      ii. Final Exam

 

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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