SYLLABUS – PHS 550

Physics in Astronomy

Summer 2019

Meeting Time & Place: M-Th 4:00 – 6:30 pm; PSH-355

 

Instructor: Dr. Carl Covatto

Office: PSH-553A

Hours: by appointment

Phone: (480) 727-0233

Email: carl.covatto@asu.edu

 

TEXTBOOK: None required. Detailed explanations of course content can be found at various websites. If a textbook for reference is desired, many can be found in ASU libraries. Popular tests include The Cosmic Perspective by Bennett et al, 21st Century Astronomy by Hester et al, The Universe by Freedman and Kaufmann, Astronomy Today by Chaisson and McMillan, and Foundations of Astronomy by Seeds. A more advanced book is Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics by Zeilik and Gregory.

 

GOALS

 

Teachers will learn physics-related concepts in astronomy and will develop lessons that they can use in their classrooms. The course will incorporate together lectures, discussions, and group activities, including use of Internet resources and computer laboratory experiments in support of class material. The emphasis is on basic physical concepts as applied in astronomical research.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

Please make every effort to attend each class, as it will be very unlikely to be able to schedule a make-up exercise. If you cannot make class, please contact me about it as soon as you are able. More than one unexcused absence will result in a one letter grade reduction in your grade.

 

GRADES

 

Grade Scale

 

A+

>97%

B+

87-89 %

C+

77-79 %

A

93-96 %

B

83-86 %

C

70-76 %

A-

90-92 %

B-

80-82 %

D

60-69 %

 

 

 

 

E

< 60 %

 

Grade Breakdown

 

Lab activities and projects

80 %

In-class exercises, homework, discussion questions, group work, etc.

20 %

 

 

SCHEDULE

 

The course schedule is tentative and subject to change.

 

July 1-17

Unit 1: Review of Circular motion; models of the solar system,

KeplerŐs Laws, Doppler effect and the Search for Extrasolar Planets

 

July 18

The Greenhouse Effect; Planetary Atmospheres

July 22-August 1

Unit 2: The Distance Ladder (astronomical distance measuring); Transits of Venus, Stellar Parallax, Standard Candles, Measuring Distances to Galaxies, and HubbleŐs Law