Official:This is a one semester course offered every
other year in which basic physical principles are applied to investigation of
the solar system, stars, and the Milky Way galaxy.The prerequisites are calculus and Physics
P301 or equivalent.
Actual:This is a one semester course offered every
other year in which basic physical principles are applied to the investigation
of stars, including basic stellar parameters, stellar atmospheres, stellar
interiors, stellar evolution, and binary stars.Prerequisites include calculus and Physics P301 (or concurrent) or
Our offices are located on the third floor of Swain Hall West, near the elevator.The Astronomy Department office is located in Swain West 319.
Introduction to Modern Astrophysics by B. W. Carroll and D. A. Ostlie published by Addison Wesley (ISBN
attendance and participation in class activities, including mini-quizzes,
course project and class poster presentation
in-class exams plus two
exams on Sept. 18 and Oct. 26
exams due Sept. 14 and Nov. 30
Poster Session: Tuesday, Dec. 7
·Final Exam: Tuesday, Dec. 14
the text will be assigned for each class period
(see schedule). Short answer mini-quizzes based on the assigned
reading will be given at the beginning of most
classes.The two lowest mini-quiz
scores will be dropped before your grade is computed.
Six homework problem setswill be
assigned during the semester,
approximately every two weeks.The lowest problem
set score will be dropped before your grade is computed.
Exercises with the computers
in SW311 will be assigned in alternate
during class will be available to work on the exercises and to consult
with the instructors.The lowest of
six exercise scores will be dropped before your
grade is computed.
Unit Exams – Four unit exams
will be given during the semester,
each worth 5% of your grade.Two
will be in-class exams (closed-book), and two will be open-book, open-note,
as noted on the schedule.The
lowest score will be dropped before your grade is
Course Projects – Students must
complete one course project during the
semester.Projects may be selected from the list provided, or, in
exceptional circumstances, other projects may be undertaken at the
discretion of the instructor.For
example, if you participated in a summer REU program and wish to continue
or complete your summer project, please see me.
The course projects will be phased through the semester,
culminating in a poster presentation on Dec.
7.See the project assignment
sheet for further details.
Final Exam – The final exam will be given at , Tues., December 14, in Swain West 221.The exam will be open book and open
note.You are responsible for
knowing the time and place of the exam and for being present to take the
You are expected to attend class,
complete assigned reading before class, and
participate in class activities.If you
are unable to attend class, complete work, or
participate for reasons of health, family
responsibilities, or religious holidays, please contact
the instructor well in advance to make arrangements.
sets must be handed in at or before the beginning
of class on they day they are due to receive full credit (exercises should be handed in at the
end of class the day they are due).Students may work together on problem
set assignments and on class exercises, but
the work you hand in must be your own.If you work with others on an assignment,
include a note with your homework identifying
with whom you worked.
Plagiarismis the use of other people’s words and ideas as your own.Because you are asked
to complete a short research project as part
of this class, I want to be sure you understand what plagiarism
is and what my policy is.Plagiarismwill not be accepted in students’ work in this class.Give credit by citing the sources you
use.This includes noting where you
paraphrase others’ work.If you
paraphrase, you must do more
than just change a few words or reorder phrases.To paraphrase correctly, use your own words,
and give credit for ideas.You must
use your own words in all written assignments,
and on the project.Cutting and pasting
text from the Web, the textbook,
or other sources is not acceptable.
Students and instructors
should maintain a high standard of respect
and courtesy towards others.Students should arrive on time
for class, avoid private conversations
when the instructors are speaking, and not
read newspapers during class.Please turn cell
phones off before class begins.We (the instructors) will begin class
on time, be available during office
hours, and do our best to provide a stimulating
and instructive classroom
experience.Note that class is scheduled to last
1.25 hours, beginning at and ending at .Class will not run past , and students should not disrupt class
by preparing to depart before .
If you are having difficulty in this class and need extra
help, please contact one of the instructors before you fall behind.We can help, and it is much easier to keep up
than to catch up.
Final grades will be assigned based
on the following percentages:
98% or above
Less than 50%
The following items will be included in the grade
final exam – 15%
exams (4) – 15%
exercises - 20%
(problem sets) – 20%
project and poster presentation – 15%
participation (attendance, contributions
to problem solving, class summaries,
class activities, mini-quizzes) – 15%
for software used in the class exercises and projects is available on the
A451 shelf in Rm 311.
offers “STEPS” courses for students who want to learn more about the use
of computers and application software.The STEPS courses are free to students.To find out more, check out the STEPS
website at http://ittraining.iu.edu/iub/.
offers workshops during the semester that will help students set
priorities, manage their time, take effective notes, and master other
skills that can make the difference between struggling and thriving. The SAC can make your life easier in many ways. Visit their website at http://www.indiana.edu/~sac/ to
find out about services, courses, and workshops.
A Final Word:Astronomy is
an exciting subject,
and I’ll do my best
to make this a great course.Your suggestions for improving
the course will be very much