SYLLABUS – PHS 550

Physics in Astronomy

Summer II 2015

Meeting Time & Place: M-Th 3:40 – 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. However, it is recommended that students use a fairly recent edition of a good introductory textbook for background material. For example, 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, or 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.

 

ATTTENDANCE 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

75 %

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

25 %

 

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

 

June 29

Review of Circular motion; models of the solar system

June 30

Lunar Phases (Activity)

July 1

KeplerŐs Laws (lecture); KeplerŐs Laws and the Scale of the Solar System (Activity)

July 2

Revolution of the Moons of Jupiter (Activity)

July 6

Transits of Venus and Mercury (Activity)

July 7

Unit I Wrap-Up

July 8

Doppler Effect (minilecture); Searches for Extrasolar Planets (Activities)

July 9

Astronomical distance measuring (lecture); Stellar Parallax (Activity)

July 13

Standard Candles (minilecture) (Distance modulus activity?)

July 14

Distance to the Pleiades (activity)

July 15

Measuring Distances to Galaxies; HubbleŐs Law (Activity)

July 16

Unit II Wrap-Up

July 20

The Greenhouse Effect (minilecture); Planetary Atmospheres (Activity)

July 21

 

July 22

 

July 23

 

July 27

 

July 28

 

July 29

 

July 30