Course Schedule

Students are responsible for reading the appropriate chapter in the class notes and in the textbook before coming to class. We will do many exercises in class and these will be of benefit only if you have read the material beforehand.

The material we cover in the group exercises will be emphasized on the exams, so it is in your interest to show up to class and participate. However, be aware that you are responsible for all the material in the class notes. Use the text book as a resource for items in the class notes you do not understand. You are also encouraged to ask questions anytime, preferably in class or during my office hours.

The following deadlines occur regularly throughout the semester, all via Blackboard:

  • Concept quiz deadlines are every Tuesday at 10 AM.
  • Lab quiz deadlines are every Tuesday at 10 AM. Lab schedule is here.
  • Observations are due every other Friday at 11:59 PM
Week   Reading in online textbook              Deadlines       
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Jan. 28
M Course Introduction
W Science and the Universe
F Complete Survey: “What are you most interested in learning about in this course?” via Blackboard /Class Experiments by
11:59 PM
Feb. 4
M Observing the Sky  
T Concept quiz 1: 10 AM
Lab 1 quiz: 10 AM
W Observing the Sky
Feb. 11
M Earth, Moon, and Sky  
T Concept quiz 2: 10 AM
Lab 2 quiz: 10 AM
W Earth, Moon, and Sky &
Orbits and Gravity
F Observation 1: 11:59 PM
Feb. 18
M Orbits and Gravity  
T Concept quiz 3: 10 AM
Lab 3 quiz: 10 AM
W Orbits and Gravity
Feb. 25
M Radiation and Spectra  
T Concept quiz 4: 10 AM
Lab 4 quiz: 10 AM
W

Unit 1 Exam

55 minute exam,
lecture resumes at 11:55

Radiation and Spectra

F Observation 2: 11:59 PM
Mar. 4
M Radiation and Spectra  
T Concept quiz 5: 10 AM
Lab 5 quiz: 10 AM
W Radiation and Spectra & Astronomical Instruments
Mar. 11
M Astronomical Instruments  
T Concept quiz 6: 10 AM (deadline postponed until 3/26)
Lab 6 quiz: 10 AM
W Properties of Stars
F Observation 3: 11:59 PM
Mar.18
Spring Break
Mar. 25
M Properties of Stars  
T Concept quiz 6: 10 AM (quiz 7 deadline postponed until 4/2)
Lab 7 quiz: 10 AM (no new lab this week so no quiz)
W The Sun
F   Observation 4: 11:59 PM
Apr. 1
M Unit 2 Exam
55 minute exam,

lecture resumes at 11:55
Solar System Worlds
T Concept quiz 7: 10 AM Concept quiz 8:  (quiz 8 deadline postponed until 4/9)
Lab 7 quiz: 10 AM
W Unit 2 Exam
55 minute exam,

lecture resumes at 11:55Solar System Worlds & Star and Planet Formation
Apr. 8
M Life in the Universe &
Earth as a Planet
 
T Concept quiz 8 AND 9: 10 AM
Lab 8 quiz: 10 AM
W Earth as a Planet
F Post Exam Survey: 11:59 PM
Observation 5: 11:59 PM
Apr. 15
M Cratered Worlds  
T Concept quiz 10: 10 AM (quiz 10 deadline postponed until 4/23)
Lab 9 quiz: 10 AM
W Venus and Mars
Apr. 22
M Venus and Mars  
T Concept quiz 10 AND 11: 10 AM
Lab 10 quiz: 10 AM
W

Unit 3 Exam

55 minute exam,
lecture resumes at 11:55

Giant Planets

F Observation 6: 11:59 PM
Apr. 29
M The Giant Planets
T Concept quiz 11 AND 12: 10 AM
Lab 11 quiz: 10 AM
W

Unit 3 Exam

55 minute exam,
lecture resumes at 11:55

Comets and Asteroids

May 6
M

Comets and Asteroids

Meteorites: Cosmic Samples

 
T Concept quiz 14 : 10 AM (note change in order)
Lab 12 quiz: 10 AM
W The Giant Planets
F Extra Credit,
Observation 7 and Observing Project Summary: 11:59 PM
May 13
M Rings, Moons, & Pluto
T Concept quiz 13 and 15: 10 AM (note change in order)
W Review session for final exam
10:15 AM – 12:15 PM  SM 504
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Final Exam Friday, May 17
12:30 – 2:30 PM