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HONORS Astronomy 100 (MW 11:10-12:35)
SPRING 2013
Instructor: Nick Contopoulos (Call me Nick)
Office Phone: 714 - 432-5550
Office: Science 164 (Near The Planetarium)
Office Hours:
MW 5:30-6:00AM (Tech 158/159); MW 12:40-1:10 PM (office) TR 11:10-11:40 AM
Appointment Astronomy Club Science 160 TBA (1 hr / week)

E-mails: ncontopoulos@.occ.cccd.edu; nickastro05@yahoo.com

Required Texts:

(S) Stars: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Paperback] · Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (September 7, 2012) · ISBN-10: 0199602921
· ISBN-13: 978-0199602926

(G) Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction [Paperback]

· Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 2, 2008)
· ISBN-10: 0199234345
· ISBN-13: 978-0199234349

(P) Planets: A Very Short Introduction [Paperback]

· Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (December 9, 2010) · ISBN-10: 0199573506
· ISBN-13: 978-0199573509

(R) Relativity: A Very Short Introduction [Paperback]

· Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 15, 2008)
· ISBN-10: 0199236224
· ISBN-13: 978-0199236220

(H) The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction [Paperback] · Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 31, 2003)
· ISBN-10: 0192803069
· ISBN-13: 978-0192803061

Total points for the class: 400

A - 90 - 100% (360-400 points)
B - 80 – 89+% (320-360 points)
C - 70 – 79+% (280-320 points)
D – 60 - 69+% (240-280 points)
F --0 – 59+% (LESS THAN 240 points)

ALL QUIZZES ARE GIVEN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CLASS PERIOD. MUST BE ONTIME.

QUIZZES = POINTS

QUIZ 1
QUIZ 2
QUIZ 3
QUIZ 4
QUIZ 5
QUIZ 6
QUIZ 7
QUIZ 8

MIDTERM

FINAL

STUDENT SLO”S
Describe and explain the solar system members and the physical processes pertaining to the individual planets.
Compare and contrast nuclear fusion in different types of stars.
Discuss the different types of Supernova and their cataclysmic ends.
List the remnants of stars and discuss their strange behavior.
Identify the three major types of galaxies.
Differentiate among possible models of the Universe.

To successfully complete this course you must study an average of 3 – 9 hours per week outside of class. That includes reading your book and reviewing your notes.

The reading topic material below is a guide that reflects the sequence of lectures. Some of the topics will be discussed in greater detail so please attend all classes. Also some material will be left out due to the volume of information in the Universe.

Academic Dishonesty (Cheating): Absolutely no copying during exams. This will result in an “F” for the course.

Attendance: Missing class more than 2 class periods will result in an automatic drop.

EXAMS: THERE ARE NO MAKE-UPS. (ANY MISSED EXAM OR CLASS MUST HAVE A DOCTOR’S EXCUSE) ALL EXAMS ARE GIVEN AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS.

READ:

WEEKS 1-2

H – PAGES 1-22

WEEKS 2- 3

H - PAGES 23 – 41
P – PAGES 1- 29

WEEKS 3- 4

P – PAGES 30 – 109
H – PAGES 42 - 77

WEEKS 4 – 5

P – PAGES 30 – 109
H – PAGES 42 – 77

WEEKS 5 - 6

P – PAGES 30 – 109
S – PAGES 1 – 58
R – PAGES 1- 42

WEEKS 6 – 7

P – PAGES 110 – 125
G – PAGES 27 – 41
S – PAGES 1 – 58
R – PAGES 1 - 42

WEEKS 7 – 8

G – PAGES 1 – 15
H – PAGES 78 – 110...
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