Time: T Th 1:00 - 2:15; HBH 227
Instructor: Dr. Hartigan, HBH 352, X2245
Office Hrs: 2:15-3:30pm TTh, and by appt.
TA: Errol Summerlin, HBH 343, X3523
Text: Universe 7th ed., by Freedman and Kaufmann
DATE TOPIC CHAPTER ASSIGNMENT Th Jan 13 Introduction/ Celestial Sphere 1,2 T Jan 18 Seasons/ Phases & Eclipses 3 Th Jan 20 Gravitation 4 HMWK 1 assigned T Jan 25 Light & Matter/ Optics 5,6 Th Jan 27 The Sun 18 HMWK 1 DUE 1/28 5pm T Feb 1 The Sun/ Nature of Stars 18,19 Th Feb 3 Nature of Stars 19 HMWK 2 assigned T Feb 8 Comparative Planetology 8 Th Feb 10 Starbirth 20 HMWK 2 DUE 2/11 5pm T Feb 15 Stellar Evolution 21 Th Feb 17 Stellar Evolution 21 HMWK 3 assigned T Feb 22 Stellar Evolution 22 Th Feb 24 Neutron Stars 23 HMWK 3 DUE 2/25 5pm T Mar 1 Neutron Stars/Review 23 Th Mar 3 *** TEST #1 *** TEST #1 T Mar 8 ** RECESS ** Th Mar 10 ** RECESS ** T Mar 15 Test Recap/Black Holes 24 Th Mar 17 Milky Way 25 HMWK 4 assigned T Mar 22 The Milky Way Galaxy 25 Th Mar 24 External Galaxies 26 HMWK 4 DUE 3/25 5pm T Mar 29 External Galaxies 26 Th Mar 31 Active Galaxies and Quasars 27 T Apr 5 Active Galaxies and Quasars 27 Th Apr 7 ** RECESS ** T Apr 12 Cosmology 28 HMWK 5 assigned Th Apr 14 Cosmology 28 T Apr 19 The Early Universe [EJ] 29 Th Apr 21 Early Universe/Review 29 HMWK 5 DUE 4/22 5pm T Apr 26 *** TEST #2 *** TEST #2 Th Apr 28 Test Recap/Extraterrestrial Life 30 Web Page DUE 4/29 5pm
Additional Resources: Much of the material is available on-line at http://bcs.whfreeman.com/universe7e You can register on the site after purchasing the book. Along with the book come a Student Resources CD and a Starry Night CD. The Resources CD has several useful self-testing features designed to help your study, and the Starry Night CD is a planetarium program you can run that will show how the sky looks anywhere on the Earth at any time. Some of the homework problems will be using Starry Night, so you should take some time to become familiar with it.
Observing: While computer-based lab exercises can be very instructive, there is no substitute for actually going outside and looking at the sky. You will have an opportunity to use the Rice Observatory campus telescopes to observe some of the objects we will be discussing in class. We will discuss this further as the semester progresses.
Disabled Students: If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs. Additionally, you will need to register with the Disability Support Services Office in the Ley Student Center.