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Syllabus Astronomy 101
Professor John W. Hinds
Tel: 415-883-2211 Ex 8225
Office: MW 140
Office Hours 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Wednesday (Check Class Website for changes and additional hours)
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ASTRONOMY - 101
(No prerequisite. Two lecture and one
discussion hour weekly.) This course is a non-mathematical description of the
universe designed especially for the nonscience student. Topics include the sky
and its apparent motion, the law of gravity, the nature of light, the solar
system, stars and stellar evolution, galaxies and cosmology, and life in the
universe. Can also be offered in a distance learning format. (CSU/UC) AA/AS Area
A, CSU Area B-1, IGETC 5A
3.000 Credit Hours
48.000 TO 54.000 Lecture hours
MasteringAstronomy® with Pearson eText -- Instant
Access -- for The Essential Cosmic Perspective, 6/E
The course is designed to acquaint the student with our new understanding of the universe. We will explore our changing Cosmic Perspective from the time of the Greeks to present day. We will explore the science of Astronomy in a manner that will develop the students reasoning skills, including basic equations that explain how our scientific theories are developed and implemented.
Tests and Exams:
Several exams will be given throughout the semester each will consist of true/false and multiple choice questions.
A Midterm and a Final exam will be given
The total points from the exams will determine 1/2 of the final grade.
The additional 1/2 of total points will be earned through in-class participation and assignments topics for discussions, and one presentation.
Each week we will review basic concepts. For the major topics you will be assigned a topic to review this will include Internet research. This will be required as additional preparation for our discussion in class.
Students will assigned to a group and choose one topic from a list provided by the instructor and prepare a three minute presentation to the class on the topic of choice. This will be in the form a scientific report. Specific instructions will be provided.
A short Project and Presentation based on APOD and a Topic from a list provided by Instructor
Select and watch any DVD title mentioned by the instructor. 50 points each.
Additional recommendations will occur throughout the semester.
Grades will be based on the following distribution of points:
Exams: 50 points
Midterm Exam: 100 points Final Exam: 150 points
Weekly discussions: 25 points Weekly assignments: 75 points
Extra credit: Points as assigned in class
Your work will be graded on a Point System.
Superior quality A
Good quality B
Average quality C
Poor quality D
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