Astronomy 1

SYLLABUS

  Fall 2019



This course introduces the students to the basic concepts of modern astronomy. The main focus of the course will be on the scientific foundations of astronomy (physics and the scientific method), our understanding of the basic physical mechanisms at work in the solar system, stars, and galaxies..  

 

LECTURES: MW 2:00 - 3:15; BROIDA 1610

LECTURE SCHEDULE

OFFICE HOURS AND CONTACT INFORMATION:

Prof: Crystal Martin
W 11:00-11:50 and by appointment on Mondays

Broida 2015-D

cmartin@ucsb.edu

TA:  Connor FitzGerald
M 4-6pm, Th. 4-8 pm

PSR

ctfitzgerald@ucsb.edu


TA:  Tin Long Sunny Wong
M 6-8pm, T 5:30-8

PSR

tinlongsunny@ucsb.edu


TA:  James Bird
M 1-2, W 1-2, F 1-2

PSR

james_bird@ucsb.edu


Course Material:

This Syllabus: http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~astro1/f2019/
Universe, 11th edition, by Geller, Freedman & Kaufmann III
iClicker II

 Grading:

15%  class participation (Pre-test, iClicker, Discussion Sections)
20% homework (click here for a list of homework assignments) and discussion sections attendance and participation
25% midterm
40% final

Discussion Sections:

Time (Place)
Notes/Instructor
W 12:00-12:50pm (GIRV 1119)
Bird
W 1:00-1:50pm (GIRV 1119)
Wong
W 4:00-4:50pm (GIRV 1115)
FitzGerald
F 12:00-12:50pm (GIRV 1119)
Bird
F 1:00-1:50am (ARTS 1349)
Wong
F 3:00-3:50pm (GIRV 1112)
FitzGerald

Grades will be assigned according to the following scheme:

Course Grade:
Minimum Percentage:
A+
95%
A
90%
A-
85%
B+
80%
B
75%
B-
70%
C+
65%
C
60%
C-
55%
D+
50%
D
45%
D-
40%
F
<39%


 Policies:
Attendance at lectures is required. Attendance at sections is required. If you have a conflict with an exam date, please let Professor Martin know before the end of September. After that time, no exceptions will be made for early or make-up exams.

Homework is assigned weekly and due on Fridays at 4:30pm. Homework boxes are in front of the Physics Study Room (PSR). Place your homework in the box for your TA. No late homework will be accepted.

Bring a parscore form to the pre-test, the midterm, and the final. Calculators are permitted on the midterm and final exams. Additional material and cell-phones are not allowed.

Working and studying together is an important part of learning. The Physics Department wants everyone to feel welcomed and respected in class, in the PSR, and in the Physics Department building. Please read the Department guidelines here.

All course materials (class lectures and discussions, handouts, examinations, web materials) and the intellectual content of the course itself are protected by United States Federal Copyright Law, the California Civil Code. The UC Policy 102.23 expressly prohibits students (and all other persons) from recording lectures or discussions and from distributing or selling lectures notes and all other course materials without the prior written permission of the instructor (See http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/2710530/PACAOS-100). Students are permitted to make notes solely for their own private educational use. Exceptions to accommodate students with disabilities may be granted with appropriate documentation. To be clear, in this class students are forbidden from completing study guides and selling them to any person or organization. The text has been approved by UC General Counsel.

Academic Integrity: The instructors for this class have adopted a zero tolerance policy towards cheating, plagiarism, and collusion. The first offense earns the student a zero towards all homeworks and exams. The purpose of this policy is to protect the integrity and enhance the learning experience of everyone else.

Reading assignments for each week can be found at the lecture schedule. In order to get the most out of the lectures, you must read each assignement before and after the lecture. The lectures will highlight the main points of the subjects, not necessarily cover all the topics in the readings. You are responsible for reading and understanding all the topics presented in the readings.

ENROLLMENT AND CRASHING. If the class is full and you wish to be considered for an add code, please get on the waitlist as soon as possible. Add codes will distributed at the end of the second week according to availability. If you are on the waitlist please make sure to attend sections and lectures during the first and second week, otherwise you will be dropped from the waitlist.  

Have Fun Surfing These Sites:

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Habitable Zone around a Red Giant Sun
Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star
Lunar Eclipses
Solar Eclipses
JWST & First Galaxies
Unpacking JWST
NASA's Kepler Mission
The Periodic Table Song